Land Applicants May Wait For 10 Years To Be Allocated Farms
19 August 2021
People who have submitted applications for land to the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement should be prepared to wait for up to 10 years or more before they are allocated farms.
This was said by Lands Minister Anxious Masuka during a question and answer session in Parliament while responding to questions from MDC Alliance legislators.
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The opposition legislators had vented their frustration on what they felt was a slow pace at which land applications were being handled.
Masuka stated that the bulk of the land had been taken up and there were no more unoccupied farms.
He said the Government was coming up with another strategy to open a window allowing those interested in land to be allocated. Said Masuka:
There is no guarantee that if someone applies for land today, two months down the line or after 10 years, he will get it.
We have 2 500 applications who want land for the 99 per cent given to people. There is no additional land.
Masuka said the government was now looking for derelict, abandoned land or underutilised or multiple farmers from which to procure land for those who have applied for it.