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White Zimbabwean farmers apply for seized land
Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2006

About 200 white commercial farmers have asked Zimbabwean authorities to restore their seized land, a senior member of a farmers' union said on Friday.

"I submitted close to 200 applications. Some farmers submitted their applications individually," said Roy Gifford, vice-president of the white-dominated Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU).

Gifford said some CFU members submitted their applications as long back as 2001, but the applications "were never taken seriously by the government".

Zimbabwe's relations with the West became strained after President Robert Mugabe's government launched controversial land reforms six years ago, seizing farms from about 4 000 white farmers for redistribution to landless blacks.

Critics blame the land grabs for the country's downward spiral into poverty and hunger.

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