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The Mozambican government intends to grant, by 2019, about five million land titles (known as DUATs) to peasant farmers under the “Secure Land” project.
So far 540,000 DUATs have been distributed since the project was launched a year ago by the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development.
The latest 15,000 DUATS were handed over to farmers on Friday, in Mocuba, in the central province of Zambezia, at a symbolic ceremony chaired by President Filipe Nyusi who delivered personally the first ten of these land titles.
Speaking at a rally which also marked the launch of the 2017 agricultural marketing campaign, Nyusi said that the mass issuing of land titles to agricultural producers is proof that agriculture, agro-processing and agricultural marketing are at the heart of the government’s actions.
By issuing the titles, the government intends to ensure that land occupied by farmers is not usurped by other individuals, thus generating land disputes. The government believes that delivering the land to peasant farmers is an indispensable condition for sustainable agriculture. Those who hold DUATS have secure tenure over their farms, allowing them to produce more and better to guarantee their food and nutritional security, and to increase their income through the sale of surplus crops.