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Nestle Reopens Zimbabwe Factory

Swiss food giant Nestle has resumed operations in Zimbabwe, after resolving a dispute with the government.

Nestle officials said Tuesday that government officials have assured the company they will not interfere with its business.

Nestle shut down its factory in Harare last month, citing harassment by Zimbabwean authorities.

It said officials had forced staff to accept milk from "non-contracted suppliers" and also questioned two managers.

The company had said in October that it would not buy milk from a farm owned by the wife of President Robert Mugabe. The farm had been seized from white farmers under Mr. Mugabe's controversial land reform program.

Critics say the Mugabe government's seizure of white-owned commercial farms has devastated Zimbabwe's economy.

Mr. Mugabe was forced to accept a power-sharing agreement with the longtime opposition MDC party last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.