250 Namibian commercial farms are owned by foreigners

250 Namibian commercial farms are owned by foreigners

There are 12 382 privately owned commercial farms in Namibia of which at least 250 are owned by foreigners.
The findings were revealed by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) in the 'Namibia Land Statistics Booklet'.
The data indicate that Namibians own 12 098 of these farms, with 27 million hectares owned by whites and six million hectares are in the hands of blacks.
At least 7 839 farms are owned by individuals, whereas companies have title deeds to 2 859 farms and 172 farms reserved for estates.
The Government owns 1 265 private farms.
Meanwhile, churches, farmers' associations, foundations as well as trusts own 247 private farms, collectively.
The largest groups of foreigners, who own land in Namibia, are Germans, South Africans, and Americans, whereas Canadians, Chinese and Portuguese nationals, own the fewest number of farms in the country.
These also include people from as far as Austria, Switzerland, Britain, Italy, The Netherlands and Canada.
The research indicates foreigners own 65 farms in Otjozondjupa Region, 52 in Erongo, 49 in //Karas, 25 in Hardap, 25 in Khomas, 10 in Omaheke, 20 in Kunene, and four private farms in the Oshikoto Region.