Farmworkers in spotlight
At the opening of the land conference in 2018, President Hage Geingob said the plight of farmworkers was of great concern.
14 August 2020 | Agriculture
In an effort to address the plight of generational farmworkers, the agriculture and land reform ministry has urged them to register with the ministry's lands division offices countrywide.
This is according to a statement issued by the ministry's executive director Percy Misika.
Misika said the government convened the second national land conference in October 2018 with the main objective of reviewing the progress made towards implementing the 24 resolutions of the 1991 national conference on land reform.
One of the resolutions of the 2018 land conference was that a policy should be implemented to protect generational farmworkers by providing alternative residence or providing a portion of the land to such workers to be developed.
Therefore, farmworkers should register with the ministry in light of the above.
“Note should be taken that the people who are eligible for registration as generational farmworkers are only those who were born, live and work on farms,” said Misika.
The closing date for the registration of generational farmworkers is 15 October. At the opening of the land conference in 2018, President Hage Geingob said the plight of farmworkers was of great concern. “Legislative interventions have been developed to protect the rights of farmworkers, but the emerging issue of generational farmworkers needs our collective consideration.”
He said generational farmworkers were expelled from land on which they were born and are dumped onto road corridors.
“All resettlement programmes should pay special attention to the plight of generational farmworkers who themselves are inherently landless, more so when the farm they lived on all their lives changes in ownership,” Geingob said.