WINDHOEK, Feb 13 -The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement is battling with a shortage of land to resettle Namibians, says the minister, Alpheus !Naruseb, who voiced this concern during his ministry’s annual staff meeting here Wednesday.
“Although there are several innovative approaches to acquire land under the current legal framework to encourage the release of land into the market, the amount of land which is eventually acquired still falls short of the current demand, as reflected by the number of applicants for advertised farms.

“If this trend continues, it will have a negative impact on the overall performance of the ministry,”” he stated.

The ministry acquired 18 farms at a cost of 142 million Namibian dollars (about 13 million US dollars) during the 2013/2014 financial year. During this period, 73 families were resettled but the number fell short of the number of households who require land for agricultural purposes as well as for resettlement, the minister noted.

He, however, took pride that the ministry managed to table two amendments in the National Assembly and the National Council, to the Land Reform Act and Communal Land Reform Act.

Efforts to motivate for additional funding under the Land Reform Programme, especially for land purchases, have been made and the ministry will keep flagging the issue at appropriate forums, !Naruseb said.

Source: NAMPA