A proposed “Rural Land Administration and Use Proclamation” seeking to overhaul rural land management in the country was set for discussion at the parliament in the outgoing month of November.
The draft document has introduced changes to landholding rights, lease agreements, and limits land collateral for loans to ten years. It also prohibits privatization, partitioning, or redistribution of communal lands, with exceptions suggested for pastoral communities pending further study.
If passed, it would empower regional states to establish dedicated offices for the administration of agricultural lands, replacing the current system handled by regional agriculture bureaus.
The new agencies would be responsible for various tasks, including recording land holdings, ensuring tenure security, valuing properties, resolving disputes, and collecting land information.