The Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement says it will carry out a full land audit covering all categories of farms and re-gazette land for agricultural purposes to address anomalies in the distribution of land.
Speaking before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands chaired by Chikomba Central MP Moses Jiri, the acting permanent secretary, Clifford Nedie, said the ministry would soon begin the land audit.
“The ministry is currently preparing to conduct a comprehensive national audit covering all land categories. The land audit is expected to be implemented over a two-year period and the proposed budget is $31,1 million,” he said.
He said to date $74 000 had been disbursed to the ministry to cover expenses relating to the preparatory phase.
The inclusive government has called for a national land audit to establish who owns which land to eliminate multiple land owners and effect a one-man-one farm policy.
The land audit has failed to take off because of shortage of funds.
Nedie said in preparation of the land audit, a document outlining the objectives of the audit had been prepared as a guideline.
“A comprehensive land audit framework document has been prepared. This document outlines step by step the objectives of the land audit, scope of coverage, land audit methods, risk assessment and mitigation, schedule of activities, organisation and implementation arrangements, the budget and summary of the findings of the previous land audits,” he said.
The land audit framework, he said, had already been examined by the working party of the Cabinet Committee on Rural Development (CRD) and had been tabled before the CRD on June 30. It now awaited Cabinet consideration.
“The farm register provides the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement with accurate statistics on land in Zimbabwe,” Nedie said.
“That is hectarage under each district, province, argro-ecological region, and land use, list of farms owned by state, churches, individuals and other organisations and farms with Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (Bippas).”