Government postpones Land Conference indefinitely

12 Oct 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – The second National Land Conference slated for November 2016 has been postponed indefinitely due to a lack of resources.
Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma made the announcement in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday, while not being able to provide the total amount of money needed for the conference.
The second land conference was to take stock of the achievements made since the first National Land Conference in 1991 and to establish what is needed to accelerate, and improve the implementation of recommendations made at the first.
Nujoma said the postponement was due to the unavailability of required resources adding the event will be held once resources are available
“The hosting of an event as the National Land Conference has major economic implications, especially in the context of current financial constraints.”
He said due to the severe and successive droughts that have left Namibia’s land-based production sectors under threat and agricultural initiatives in disarray, aggravated by low levels of water in all national dams, Government has been forced to re-prioritise and direct available resources to critical sectors.
Nujoma said a conference of such a magnitude requires a considerable working budget, which is not at disposal in the current financial year.
“Despite the many challenges, the Government through the Ministry of Land Reform is aware of the acute demand for land for agricultural purposes.”
Responding to Nujoma in the NA, Swanu of Namibia’s Usutuaije Maamberua said he doubted whether such a land conference would be that expensive.
The Member of Parliament asked the minister to disclose how much money is required to make the conference possible and when the required resources are expected.
Nujoma could, not provide the total amount of money needed to host the conference.