Review of draft National Comprehensive Policy Framework underway

By Yolanda Moyo

THE review of the draft National Comprehensive and Gender Sensitive Land Policy Framework is underway in Bulawayo as the Second Republic targets to socially and economically transform Zimbabwe into an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

After a number of comprehensive multi-stakeholder consultations across the country, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development together with the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) are engaging Ministers of State and Senate Chiefs before handing over the final document to parliament.

  “The objective is to have a National Land Policy that is multi-sectoral and provides a framework for improved tenure security, land governance and ensure administration has been met. We cannot overemphasise the role of sound land administration in achieving His Excellency’s Vision 2030, of becoming an upper middle-income society. In this Vision, agriculture plays a critical role as we aim to grow that sector and associated sub-sectors,” said Honourable Douglas Karoro – Deputy minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development.

Ministers of State, who spoke to ZBC News, welcomed the draft document.

“We agree with the document and this is good for us. As Zimbabwe, we had a land reform programme which sought to give the blacks land, now they need to own it and this policy will address that. We are hopeful that once it is gazette, people will change the way they have been behaving in some farms, noted Hon Abednico Ncube – Mat South Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.

“The draft document is ok, however, there are issues that need to be looked at especially in Matabeleland region where the major farming is cattle ranching so down scaling those farms affects production. If we down scale it means we cannot talk about beef exports anymore, so downscaling has to be reviewed taking into cognisance such issues,’ added Senator Oliver Chidawu Harare Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution

The land policy review meeting is a culmination of work that began in Harare in 2019 when government with support from FAO successfully launched the consultative process towards the formulation of a Comprehensive National and Gender Sensitive Land Policy for Zimbabwe.