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James Mangoro is a businessman who ran a small print shop in Harare until Mugabe's government allotted him a slice of farm land.

I have always wanted to go into agriculture, but couldn't until now because I didn't have any land. I was awarded 20 hectares about four months ago. I am using five acres of it to grow maize. It is growing very well.

We are only praying that we get enough rain, so the maize grows to maturity. But so far, so good.

This is the first time that I've tried my hand at agriculture, so I'm not sure what I'm going to get. But others who are involved in farming have told me that it's going to be a fairly good harvest. As for the rest of my land, I have not done anything with it yet. When you are starting something, you want to start it in a small way and see how it goes.

You can't just plough all 20 hectares. My intention is to sell all the maize and, if I get good money, use it to plough more acreage next year.

The land that I was given was part of that land which is being given to landless blacks. The process was carried out in an orderly fashion by the freedom fighters. Those are the ones they call war veterans. I am prepared to call them freedom fighters.

Sharing land

People are happy with the land reform programme. The government advertised it and all those who were interested applied.

As far as I know, everyone who applied has been allocated land. I think there is enough land, if we can share the land, as is happening, and be able to preserve peace and stability.

I was not personally involved in the freedom fighters' struggle. And I wasn't involved in the initial process of moving onto the land. I requested land and it was allocated to me.

Some of the farm workers who were working there before are still tilling the land - but now they are working for us.

I was expecting to encounter problems with people who had been working on that farm before - the ones living there. But they are quite happy that we have moved onto the plot and that we are taking them on to do some work for us. We are paying them more than they were earning previously. I haven't encountered any problems at all.

I also thought that local farmers, who have always been farming in Chegutu, might resent people coming from Harare to take over the land. But the person working in the plot next to mine is from Chegutu. I don't think there is anyone from Chegutu with ill feelings about outsiders working the land. I haven't experienced any hostility.

Everything will work out well if we can continue to share, as we have been doing, and to preserve peace and stability.

If it works out and I get some extra money, certainly it will improve life for me and my family.


People are happy with the land reform program. I think there is enough land if we can only share it
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I was expecting problems with people working on that farm, but they are quite happy that we have moved onto the plot

Maize
We are paying them more than they were earning previously
 
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