Britain gives Zim $72m to help rural farmers

The money would be paid out through the Food And Agriculture Organisation and other relief agencies.

The money would be paid out through the Food And Agriculture Organisation and other relief agencies. Picture: WikiCommons.

HARARE Britain has given Zimbabwe $72 million to help increase food production by rural farmers over the next four years, as the southern African country faces the prospect of poorer harvests this year due to inadequate rains.

Once the bread-basket of the region, Zimbabwe has since 2000 struggled to feed its people due to droughts and President Robert Mugabes seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks, which badly affected commercial agriculture.

Catriona Laing, Britains ambassador to Zimbabwe, said with 70 percent of Zimbabweans living in rural areas and mostly surviving on farming, supporting agriculture would speed up economic recovery.

The money would be paid out through the Food And Agriculture Organisation and other relief agencies.