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Planting Season Opens in Zimbabwe, But Farmers Pessimistic On Harvest

Zimbabwe's main planting season officially started on September 1, but farmers are already concerned about the eventual harvest given shortages of inputs like fertilizer and the difficulty of obtaining credit from financial institutions to finance crops.

One factor constraining lending to farmers is their lack of tenure on their properties in consequence of the government's nationalization in 2005 of all agricultural land.

Agriculture Minister Joseph Made is reported to have acknowledged such problems in remarks to the parliamentary committee on agriculture.

Reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe asked Commercial Farmers Union President Douglas Taylor-Freeme for his comments on the difficulties facing Zimbabwean growers as the planting season gets under way.

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