August 1, 2003, www.allafrica.com
-- Zimbabwe Independent:Government officials in Zimbabwe
have announced they will need $885 billion to repair the agricultural
production that has been destroyed by chaotic land reform.
The announcement came this week as President Robert Mugabe ordered
top government and Zanu PF members, military, police and intelligence
officers, war veterans and senior civil servants with more than
one farm to surrender the extra properties within two weeks. The
government is beginning a massive reverse land takeover to correct
anomalies created by farm seizures in the past three years.
Finance minister Herbert Murewa approached the food-aid community
last week for help funding the crop and livestock restoration programs.
The estimated $884.6 billion needed is more than last year's national
budget of $780 billion.
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