WINDHOEK: The amendments to the Agricultural (Commercial) Land Reform Act, No 6 of 1995 need urgent attention in order for land reform in Namibia to be sped up.
The Deputy Minister of Lands and Resettlement Theo Diergaardt said this during the ministry’s annual staff address held here today.
While a total of 14 farms measuring more than 80 000 hectares were allocated at a cost of about N.dollars 81 million during the 2012/2013 financial year, the land reform process is too slow, the deputy minister said.
A total of 18 families were resettled – three families in the Karas Region and 15 families in the Kunene Region – over the same period.
These numbers fall short when compared to the number of households which require land for agricultural purposes, and for settlement.
‘Although several innovative approaches to acquire land under the current legal framework are being introduced to encourage the release of land onto the market, the amount of land that is eventually acquired still falls short of the current demands as reflected by the number of applicants for advertised farms, Diergaardt noted.