21 January 2013

Namibia: Govt Acquires More Resettlement Farms

Windhoek — Government forked out nearly N$31 million for the purchase of five farms currently being advertised in newspapers for the resettlement of landless Namibians.

The farms are in the Khomas, Karas, Kunene, Erongo and Hardap regions.

The total landmass of the five farms is about 34 036 hectares and only nine successful farmers are eligible for these farms, explained the Director of Land Reform and Resettlement, Knox Imbuwa.

All farms were acquired in 2012, with the exception of farm Unser Weide No. 424, near Koës in the Karas Region, which was bought in February 2011.

The government had to first do intensive maintenance on the property before advertising it for resettlement, Imbuwa stated.

Farm Klipwerf, a portion of farm Nuwerus No. 147, in the Erongo Region is very sought after, since only one unit is available. This farm measures 4 327 ha and has five boreholes.

The largest farming unit of the five resettlement farms is in the Karas Region, while the smallest unit is in the Khomas Region.

Farmers have exactly 30 days before the application date closes.

The allotment plans for the five farms are available for public inspection, however not many prospective beneficiaries actually inspect the farms and later complain when the farms do not suit their needs.

Recently, some beneficiaries in the south complained they did not know the actual topography of the farms that they had applied for and had problems after they were resettled.

The minimum age requirement for a resettlement farm beneficiary is 18 years, a background or interest in agriculture or related activities, previously socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged and who has relinquished any right in respect of agricultural land.

A unit is to be leased for 99 years and an approximate rent is payable in respect of a farming unit leased for livestock, based on the value of the farming unit.

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