Following a consultative study which produced the Land Access Study Report, a Land Access Working Group was established and held its inaugural meeting on 05 February 2020. The top three priorities for the Group are:
USER GUIDE FOR LANDOWNERS AND AGRIBUSINESSES
A simple guide aimed to assist both landowners and agribusinesses in forging and maintaining mutually beneficial arrangements in commercial agricultural development.
BUSINESS CASE FOR NEW LAND DISPUTE MECHANISM
An alternative dispute resolution mechanism that will support the dispute settlement authorities of Incorporated Land Groups (ILGs).
LAND AUDIT DATABASE
Contact has been made with the regional land office and the Department
of Lands & Physical Planning to gather the required data and verify the landholdings vested with the ILGs. This database will complement the satellite and soil information of the Markham region to generate interest from farmers and agribusinesses.
Other Activities of the Land Access Working Group
The Working Group also took note of other issues and proposed work program contained in the Land Access Study Report. While not all activities will be implemented, there is a clear indication in that study and subsequent conversations during the Land Agreement Guide consultations, that besides a practical guide on land agreement, landowners and farmers require business development support. A comprehensive work program will be developed around all those key issues which have been identified as limiting farmer participation in agriculture development.
Land Agreements Guide
Consultations with Grow PNG partners for the development of a Land Agreements Guide was completed in May 2020. More information will be coming soon.