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Just over 5 000 resettled since 1990

GOBABIS, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - A total of 5 306 beneficiaries have been resettled on Government farms since the inception of the land reform programme in 1990.
Of this amount, 2 089 were men and 1 454, women.
The remaining beneficiaries are on group resettlement projects - old farms and farms under the Division of Marginalised Communities in the Office of the Vice-President - mainly in the Omaheke, Kunene, Oshikoto and Otjozondupa regions.
These figures were contained in a presentation by the Ministry of Land Reform during a regional consultative meeting on land with the community of Omaheke here on Friday.
The two-day consultative meeting is convened to allow the ministry to gather the opinions, views and expectations of the general public ahead of the second land conference in September 2017.
The presentation, copies of which were made available to the participants, also highlights the progress made on land reform since the first land conference in 1991.
According to the statistics, the Oshikoto Region tops the list of the number of people resettled, with 1 499 beneficiaries, followed by Omaheke Region with 1 445 beneficiaries and Kunene Region with 1 109 beneficiaries.
These regions' figures are however influenced by the large number of group resettlement projects in those regions.
Erongo Region has the lowest number of beneficiaries, with only 71 people resettled there, followed by Khomas Region with 118 beneficiaries and //Kharas Region with 198 people.
Government has managed to acquire 513 farms, constituting a total of just over 3 million hectares of land under the willing seller-willing buyer system, since the inception of the land reform programme in 1991.
An amount of N.dollars 1.7 billion was spent to purchase the farms, the statistics revealed.
The //Kharas Region tops the list of farms acquired under the willing seller-willing buyer system with 99 farms purchased, followed by Hardap Region with 89 farms.
Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions follow with 71 and 67 farms purchased respectively.
The least farms were purchased in the Khomas Region (12), while Oshikoto (23) and Erongo (27) also performed poorly in number of farms purchased.
Kunene is the only other region in which farms were also acquired during this period, with a total of 52 farms bought.
The input gathered during the regional deliberations will be compiled into a document to be presented during the second land conference scheduled for 18-22 September this year.

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