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Botswana: Board Briefs On Land Issues

Kasane — Pandamatenga residents have been apprised of the Chobe Land Board’s plans to address land shortage challenges in the village.

Addressing a kgotla meeting on Tuesday, land board chairperson, Mr Johane Chenjekwa said the board intended to demarcate and allocate the unoccupied space near Pandamatenga Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) houses.

He said the planned move was meant to reduce the waiting list for residential plots currently standing at 2 000.

Mr Chenjekwa explained that land confiscated from squatters was not adequate to address the waiting list, hence the plan to demarcate the land close to the BHC houses.

He said as a way of promoting food security, the Chobe Land board had resolved to delimit some 1 200 hectares into small commercial farms of 50-150 hectares each.

The farms would then be advertised for people to compete for them while spaces between existing subsistence farms would be allocated to applicants, he said.

Mr Chenjekwa said while demand for land kept increasing, the resource did not grow, hence the need for those responsible for its management to be diligent.

He urged residents to take advantage of Pandamatenga’s fertile soils to produce food for the nation and in the process create employment opportunities for others.

On other issues, the chairperson explained that land boards did not apportion inherited land saying they only issued certificates for such plots after the deceased’s family had agreed on the rightful heir.