Zimbabwe to tax hundreds of thousands of black farmers

Millions of hectares of farmland were parcelled out to more than 300,000 blacks, many of who lacked technical farming expertiseEconomically-hamstrung Zimbabwe has passed new regulations ordering some 300,000 beneficiaries of President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reforms to pay annual rent and levies, a state daily said Monday. Mugabe’s government launched land reforms 15 years ago, in some cases driving white commercial farmers off their land to make way for landless blacks. Critics say the land reforms — lauded by Mugabe as a means to correct historical imbalances — mostly benefitted the long-time president’s allies and supporters.

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