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CFU head Deon Theron said agricultural production had fallen by 70%.

He also said that President Robert Mugabe and his family now "owned" 39 farms.

Mr Mugabe has always said that the land seizures were needed to correct colonial imbalances and that beneficiaries would only get one farm.

His officials have not yet commented on the report.

[ CFU = Commercial Farmers' Union ]

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Mr Mugabe has always said that the land ... [ This is present perfect.]

... were needed [ This is passive .]

... beneficiaries would only get one farm [ This is past tense.]

Is it fine to mix all the tenses here?

Mr Mugabe has always said that the land seizures are needed to correct colonial imbalances and that beneficiaries will only get one farm. [ THIS IS THE CORRECT SENTENCE.]
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Hi,

There is no rule that you can't have many different tenses in a sentence, as long as you use each one correctly.

eg I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I will love you tomorrow. [L]

Clive
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"Mr Mugabe has always said that the land seizures were needed to correct colonial imbalances and that beneficiaries would only get one farm."

Is it fine to mix all the tenses here?

Mr Mugabe has always said that the land seizures are needed to correct colonial imbalances and that beneficiaries will only get one farm. [ THIS IS THE CORRECT SENTENCE.]

Hi,

"Mr Mugabe has always said..." means that he kept saying it in the past and haven't changed his mind since.
"...that the land seizures were needed..." means that the land seizures were needed in the past, not now.

"...that beneficiaries would only get one farm." means that beneficiaries were expected to get only one farm in the past following the land-seizures past (first the land seizures, next the getting one farm - a sort of future in the past).