Land reform employment creation report launched

26 Jun 2015 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Land Reform Thursday officially launched a report on employment creation through Land Reform Programmes on commercial land.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Minister Utoni Nujoma said there is a need to periodically monitor the carrying capacity of farms, particularly within the National Resettlement Programmes (NRP) in order to curb any negative effects on farmland and the environment.
“We at the ministry need to improve and fast-track the issuing of lease agreements, allotment letters and removal of any reported illegal settlers on the farmers,” he said.
Nujoma said there is a need to develop incentives for highly productive NRP farmers in the form of graduating to an Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS) with some endowment or assistance in order to avoid limitations in farming productivity.
The minister recommended that studies such as the ‘Employment Creation’ study be conducted on a regular basis to establish a better understanding of farm workers’ situation in Namibia.
“An in-depth study should be undertaken to understand the future of farm workers in terms of wealth accumulation and improvement of livelihood through farming,” he said.
He also said they need to commission the study as a working tool so they can learn from it.
This study was carried out by the University of Namibia's Multidisciplinary Research Centre in collaboration with the ministry in 2013/2014, to investigate the extent to which the Land Reform Programmes have contributed towards employment creation in the commercial agricultural sector of Namibia.
Nujoma said the study is in response to one of the fourth National Development Plan goals, which focuses on employment creation.
The study intended to identify alternative approaches and strategies that could be employed to compliment the ongoing effort of job creation through Land Reform Programmes.
The study covered eight regions in which the ministry bought farms for resettlement programmes through NRP and AALS - Erongo, Hardap, //Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Omaheke, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa.