The new minister for Land and Forestry, Francine Tumushime has been called upon to quickly devise means of addressing land and forestry related challenges, especially implementing land certificate decentralization program to district level.
The call was made on Tuesday during the handover ceremony by the Minister for Natural Ressources Dr. Vincent Biruta under whose docket the ministry formerly fell.
Biruta was in the recent cabinet appointed Minister for Environment.
Biruta said that getting la and certificate from the Provincial level is a long process and so the plan to decentralize to district level should be accelerated.
“Another problem is how land services are given to thepopulation, we always find long queues at land offices. People’s concern is that services at sector and district levels are not clear, they claim bureaucracy hurdles presented by land registrars.”
Biruta also advised that the ministry should intervene in building a strong regulatory framework, address land-related court cases and sensitization on forest conservation among the public to make it possible to meet the target of having 30% target of Rwanda surface area covered by forest cover.
He advised that the ministry should provide a competitive environment that will ensure added value to different forest products especially bamboo planted around rivers.