Land conference adopts resolutions

05 Oct 2018 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – The second National Land Conference has adopted the 46-page Land Reform Resolutions to be implemented by Government.
Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa announced the resolutions at the conclusion of the five-day conference here on Friday.
The resolutions were initially to be adopted as recommendations. However, delegates disagreed and insisted on the conference outcomes being adopted as resolutions.
Some of the resolutions adopted at the conference include abolishing the willing buying, willing seller principle for land acquisition and replacing it with other acquisition methods; whilst a uniform national land valuation model should be developed to harmonise prices and ensure realistic pricing.
The conference also resolved that foreign-owned agricultural land should be expropriated and all underutilised commercial land owned by Namibians will also be eligible for expropriation.
Another resolution was that a stand-alone legislation on expropriation should be developed and implemented, as well as the application of a “One Namibian One Farm” principle.
Further, legal instruments under the resettlement policy criteria should be reviewed, reformed and harmonised for accelerated and successful land redistribution, while the resettlement policy should provide security of tenure to allow bankability of the allotment or farming unit.
It was also recommended that the land tenure system be reviewed for resettlement farms to become bankable in order to attract investment, increase agriculture productivity and create employment. Tailormade support should also be developed for resettlement beneficiaries in communal and commercial areas based on business plans for small, medium and large scale farming units.
Policies already developed should further be fully implemented to allow communal farmers to graduate into the resettlement programme, while priority resettlement should be given to those with a lot of livestock in communal areas.
The conference further recommended that farms close to the Etosha National Park should be acquired for resettlement for the Hai//om community and for such inhabitants to be assisted with development to improve their livelihoods.
There should also be different categories of land tenure systems with land bankability options that can be used as collateral for economic activities in the communal areas to access financial assistance and enhance productivity.
Lastly, all policies related to land redistribution should ensure that the prioritisation of women, youth and persons with disabilities is reviewed.