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With Planting Season Near, More Zimbabwe Farmers Contemplate Eviction

Zimbabwe's few remaining white commercial farmers are heading into the planting season amid great uncertainty given the expiration of deadlines on eviction notices the government handed them several months ago, the Commercial Farmers Union says.

Issued under the latest phase of Harare's controversial land reform drive, the notices instruct farmers to vacate their farms within 90 days or face forcible eviction, warning them as well not to take any farming equipment from the property when they leave.

Commercial Farmers Union President Douglas Taylor-Freeme tells reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyele of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the 90-day deadlines have expired, but authorities have taken no action and farmers are unsure where they stand.

But Acting Information Minister Paul Mangwana says there should be no confusion among the farmers, who are well aware of the government’s objectives.

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