The Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement is overwhelmed by the number of youths applying for land to venture into farming projects, an indication that the land reform programme continues to register success.

This was revealed by Minister Douglas Mombeshora.

“We have over the past days been inundated by calls from youths seeking farming land,” he said.

Asked if the government has the land to give them, Dr Mombeshora said land is scarce but hopes that more land can be identified if treasury allocates funds to the commission set out to audit idle and underutilised land which can be redistributed.

The high demand for land for agricultural purposes comes at a time when the government is now giving new land permits which provide security of tenure for life and address issues to do with inheritance and boundary disputes.