Only 19% Zambians own land, says PS
The provincial administration is working towards ensuring that at least 50 percent of Zambians own land, small pieces of land are a hindrance to engaging in agriculture acitivities— Mr Kabwe
ONLY 19 percent of Zambia’s total population have access to land but we want more Zambians to own land, Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe has said. Mr Kabwe said Zambians owned land ranging from 2 to 5 hectares but that Government wanted more Zambians to own land of 20 to about 100 hectares. In an interview during the Central Province Investment Forum and Expo yesterday, Mr Kabwe said the provincial administration was working towards ensuring that at least 50 percent of Zambians own land, saying small pieces of land were a hindrance to engaging in agriculture acitivities. Mr Kabwe said even traditional leaders in Central Province were in agreement that land was key in growing the country’s economy in a sustainable manner and therefore, land remained an important asset for every nation. “Only 19 percent of Zambia’s total population have access to land. We have huge chunks of land in Central Province. For example, there is over 100,000 hectares of land in Nansanga where we have done the roads and connected the area to the national grid with a dam built where people can go to start farming activities,” Mr Kabwe said. And Mr Kabwe said he was happy that most investors had shown interest to invest in the province after exploring the available potential during the Central Province Investment Forum and Expo. At the expo 300 youths were also trained in entrepreneurial skills of which, 100 had been identified as beneficiaries in some farming blocks. He said Central Province remained the largest producer of soya beans and wheat, and was therefore, looking for partners to invest in processing plants in the area. The PS said in this way the country will cease exports of the commodity in its raw form. “We want value addition in Central Province because the farmers are able to provide for local demand and also for export,” he said.