Close This website uses modern features that are not supported by your browser. Click here for more information.
Please upgrade to a modern browser to view this website properly. Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Opera Safari
your legal news hub
Sub Menu
Search

Search

Filter
Filter
Filter
A A A

Mugabe's land plan cost country $17bn – economist

Publish date: 14 May 2018
Issue Number: 773
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe lost nearly $17bn in potential earnings in the wake of former President Robert Mugabe's land reform programme launched 18 years ago. That's the view of independent Harare-based economist John Robertson who said the country lost out on earnings from timber, cotton, tobacco, wheat and other commercially-produced crops. 'The $16.9bn worth of production lost would only be the start. The Financial Gazette reports that Zimbabwe became a net importer from 1998 as most of the food-processing companies reduced output, then closed down when commercial farming suppliers went down,' he said. The report notes that in recent years, tobacco production, including by new small-scale black growers, has increased and is expected to reach 200m kilogrammes this year.

Full Financial Gazette report