BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has resolved to establish urban agricultural plots at the remaining portion of its Dunstal Farm, subdivision A situated on the outskirts of the city.
This follows a 2014 council resolution to create the plots “in a bid to promote meaningful investment in the agricultural industry”.
Since then the proposal had been deferred.
According to the latest council report, city fathers have agreed on the need to establish the agricultural plots to, among other things, curb land invasions.
There have been several attempts, particularly by Zanu PF youths to invade Dunstal Farm and other council properties.
“From a town planning perspective, the establishment of urban agricultural plots in the area will go a long way in curbing land invasions in the area and at the same time increase the supply of fresh vegetables to the city, create employment opportunities and extend investment opportunities to the community,” the lands, housing and education committee report reads in part.
“The establishment of these plots will entail the upgrading of right of way servitudes within the area into 10m roads and a new road link from Khami Road to access the plots in phase 2 of Dunstal Farm.”
City fathers resolved to establish the plots on a 25-year lease basis with a certificate of continued occupation to be issued after every five years.
“It is, therefore, recommended that 83 plots be created and be leased out to beneficiaries on a 25-year lease basis at a rental to be determined by the city valuer and such rental to be subject to review at the pleasure of council,” the report adds.