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Zimbabwe Signals Shift in Compensation Plan for Seized Farms

  • Fund to be financed from rentals charged to new farm occupants
  • Government doesn't say how it will calculate compensation
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Zimbabwe plans to start compensating mainly white farmers who lost their land and livelihoods during state-backed farm invasions that began in 2000 and triggered a near decade-long recession, the Finance Ministry said in a circular distributed to lawmakers.

Farmers may be compensated for “both land and improvements,” as well as equipment acquired by the state during the often violent seizure of property, according to the document submitted to parliament on Tuesday. If approved by the government, it would mark a major shift in policy. President Robert Mugabe previously said payments would be made only for investments in infrastructure such as dams, roads and buildings on seized farms.