Hanang farmers claim more estates

The Citizen | 27 December 2015

By Zephania Ubwani

Villagers in Hanang District, Manyara Region, have made fresh demands, claiming ownership of two more wheat farms out of seven that were once under the defunct National Agricultural and Food Corporation (Nafco). “We want back our land,” they declared during a series of meetings held mid this week. They appealed to the government for intervention in their new bid to repossess the farms leased to private investors. A strong plea came from inhabitants of Deajammeda village.

They are craving for the adjacent Mulbadaw and Murjanda estates, citing lack of ample land for grazing their animals and crop cultivation. “We want land for crop cultivation and the remainder for grazing. We have been living here for a long time,” lamented Leonard Soa. Supported by scores of his colleagues during a meeting convened to discuss the land crisis facing them, the villager said their problems had been compounded by alleged harrassment by the management of the two farms. Another inhabitant of the area Daniel Damo, 43, played down concerns that the ordinary smallholder farmers would not put the estates to productive use, just like the investors who took them over. “Once we get the farms, the village government will prepare land use plans and will decide what to do,” he told The Citizen on Sunday on the sidelines of the village assembly on Thursday. – See more at: http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/25645-tanzania-hanang-farmers-claim-more-estates#sthash.uJ6VDzko.dpuf

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