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    8 October, 2014
Government to take back unused land
Maputo, 8 Oct (AIM) – The Mozambican government is threatening to take back land allocated to private individuals and companies which have not complied with the plans presented when they requested title to the land, reports Wednesday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.

Citing the National Directorate of Land and Forests, in the Ministry of Agriculture, the paper says that the proposal covers 63 plots of land, covering around 5,000 hectares. The right to use this land (DUAT) will be extinguished and the land will revert to the state.

In the first six months of the year the directorate inspected 634 plots, with a total area of 168,225 hectares. It found that only 49 per cent of the plots are being fully used in accordance with the plans submitted when title was requested. The rest are either in partial use, or are not being used at all.

Despite the huge level of failure to abide by the land use plans, the directorate is only proposing to seize 63 plots, and to adjust the size of a further 20. Those 20 cover 862 hectares.

The Directorate pointed out that any request for land is subject to inspection to check whether the land use plans are being implemented. The time limits for complying with the plans are five years for Mozambicans and two years for foreigners.

When the holders of land titles fail to use their land without justification, the title can be revoked and the land returns to the state.

Inspections took place in the first half of the year in all provinces except Sofala, where the heavy rains made access to some areas difficult.
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