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Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 05:57 GMT 06:57 UK
Namibia's black farmers urge land reform
Black communal farmers in Namibia have urged the 4,000 mainly-white commercial farmers to speed up land reform to avoid what they called Zimbabwe-style farm invasions.

The Namibian National Farmers' Union said the government's willing-seller, willing-buyer policy had failed to address the land imbalance in Namibia because white commercial farmers were unwilling to sell.

The union's leader, Pintile Davids, has warned that the slow pace of land reform could produce another Zimbabwe, where hundreds of white-owned farms have been seized by self-styled liberation war veterans with the support of President Robert Mugabe's government .

Only some 35,000 Namibians have been resettled on commercial farmland since independence from South Africa in 1990.

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