State acquires 18 farms at cost of N$167 million … resettles 75 landless Namibians between 2013/14

The state has managed to purchase only 18 farms between the period of 2013/14, coughing out N$167 million through the Land Acquisition and Development Fund from an annual grant of N$101.7 million, The Villager can confirm.

An annual report by the lands and resettlement ministry seen by The Villager and yet to be tabled in parliament shows that only 75 landless Namibians got resettled by the Land Reform Advisory Commission after acquiring land in various regions.

Most of  this land came from Hardap (57%) followed by Omaheke (17%), Khomas (10%), Erongo (3%), Otjozondjupa (2%), Karas, Kunene (1%), Omusati and Oshana regions. 

More Namibian men (51) than women (24) got resettled. 

Non was resettled in the Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango West/East and the Zambezi regions. 

Meanwhile, 79 farms were recommended for valuation for possible purchase all over the country with the highest number of these came from Hardap (38%) followed by Omaheke (18%) and Otjozondjupa (12%). 

Regions with the lowest number of recommendations were Kunene (10%), Karas (9%), Erongo (8%), Khomas (5%) and lastly Oshikoto with only 1%. 

Of the N$101.7 million grant offered the Land Acquisition and Development Fund, N$33.9 million went towards developing the farms with N$26.3 million used for water systems/infrastructure rehabilitation.

A further N$6.6 million covered fencing costs while N$1.1 million was allocated to farm improvements. 

farms found unsuitable for resettlement by the lands ministry were recommended for waiving and these totaled to 260.  

During the same period the Land Reform Advisory Commission recommended 39 farms for waivers in favour of previously disadvantaged Namibians under the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme administered by Agribank. 

Of these, Otjozondjupa recorded the highest number of farms amounting to 22 while Kunene and Omaheke had 12 followed by Hardap (8), Oshikoto (4), Karas (3) and 2 each for Erongo and Khomas regions. 

The ministry also saw 41 farms purchased being given back to their owners for various reasons which ranged from failure to agree on negotiated prices, farm owners declining the offer by the ministry or that farm owners wanted to continue farming.