The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Atupele Muluzi is optimistic about the positive impact land reforms will bring in terms of identifying, allocating as well as managing all types of land.
Speaking during the Second Land Symposium held in Lilongwe, Muluzi further said this, will establish a clear baseline where key infrastructure such as irrigation, wells and other water sources, determine what land is idle and establish land well demarcated boundaries.
The Second Land Symposium comes against the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development adoption and launch of a New National Agriculture Policy, (NAP) which proposes commercialization of agriculture as a way forward for Malawi, and ministry of Lands, passing of the 10 Lands Bills during Parliaments’ last sitting.
“ Government has been urged by the President Peter Arthur Mutharika to be more proactive on curbing corruption which is costing the nation positive development, therefore my ministry is looking at a range of solutions for implementation of a modern digitized land administration system,” he said.
Muluzi further said Malawians will be able to access land data and will address some of the issues currently being experienced due to fraudulent land deeds and other corrupt practices.
Chief of Party for New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Project (NAPAS;MALAWI) Flora Nankhuni said the objective of the Land Symposium is to discuss what the Land Laws mean to agricultural production and how best land can be accessed to both investors as well as Malawians for maximum production.
“ The Symposium will also provide information on the status of several New Alliance commitments that are related to land, as well as discuss policy implications and their solutions,” she said.
Under the New Alliance for Food Security and nutrition that the Government of Malawi development partners and the private sector agreed to in December 2013, Ministry of Lands is responsible for identifying about 100,000 hectares of Land by 2022 that is suitable for commercial agriculture. In relation to the newly passed Land Acts, Ministry of Lands is developing a road map to roll out their implementation.
The symposium which was organized by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD) and Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) with support from USAID through the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Project (NAPAS;MALAWI), and the Delegation of European Union (EU) attracted various stakeholders in the land department.