The National Lands Commission (NLC) has urged Counties inhabited predominantly by pastoralists to embrace land adjudication and settlement to facilitate issuance of title deeds for their parcels of land.
Speaking at Hola town during the launching of a Geographical Information System (GIS) laboratory on Monday, NLC acting Chief Executive Officer Ms. Kabale Tache Arero said many pastoralists are opposed to land subdivision and demarcation for fear that they will not have enough pasture land for their livestock.
Ms. Kabale said title deeds are critical for proper economic use of land and added one can use the land title to obtain loans from financial institutions for other development projects instead of depending on livestock alone.
She explained that large herds of livestock are expensive to maintain during drought periods adding many pastoralists end up losing most of their animals.
“If they could only support title deed processing such loses would be avoided because one could venture into other businesses instead of totally relying on livestock,” said Kabale.
She also called on the County government of Tana River to employ staff who will be able to operate the GIS equipment that was donated to the County by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
By Simon Guruba