Unused land reverts to the state in Mozambique

8 October 2014

Five thousand hectares of land provided under private concession in Mozambique will revert to the State after officials found that exploration plans were not being carried out, the National Directorate of Land and Forests said.

In the first half of the year, the Directorate inspected 634 plots with an area of ​​168,000 hectares and found that 49 percent were fully used, 35 percent were idle and 32 percent were partially used.

As a result, 63 plots (5,083 hectares) are proposed to be returned to the State, while 20 plots (862 acres) have been redefined, according to daily newspaper Notícias.

The National Directorate of Land and Forests said that any request for formal occupation of land is subject to inspection to verify the degree of compliance with exploration plans according to the deadlines established by law, which are two years for foreigners and five years for Mozambicans.

The Directorate noted that some applicants had limited capacity to explore the land and kept it fallow for too long leading to the population invading it, a lack of demarcation of plots and/or no knowledge of their boundaries, family disputes over inherited plots, illegal transfers and infrastructure improvements, and poorly managed community consultations. (macauhub/MZ)