KANAKANTAPA resettlement scheme farmers in Chongwe district have been given title deeds, Lusaka Province permanent secretary Sturdy Mwale has disclosed.
And Mr Mwale said the Government had set aside K2.4 million from the land development fund in Kanakantapa to be used for the rehabilitation of the water projects, electrification and open roads.
Mr Mwale said the Government decided to give title deeds to the farmers in order to empower them to engage in long term agriculture production.
He however directed the office of the regional surveyor to survey the land in Kanakantapa and give them 99-year lease titles as opposed to the 14-year leases which were earlier given to them.
“Farmers here in Kanakantapa are working hard by ensuring that there is food security in the country, and that is why the Government has decided to allocate land to farmers here so that they enhance their farming activities,” Mr Mwale said.
He said the land had been occupied by farmers since 1988 and that it was time that it was demarcated accordingly and title deeds given.
Mr Mwale warned civil servants delaying Government development projects that his administration would not hesitate to dismiss them because Government wanted to deliver to the expectations people of Zambia.
He said the Government was committed to ensuring that the agriculture sector was supported.
Kanakantapa resettlement scheme manager Misael Mwenda appealed to Government to increase the number of boreholes in the area, saying the current 25 were inadequate to service the over 9000 settlers.
Mr Mwenda called on the Government to also urgently assign police officers to the area by building a police post.