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Government of Colombia formalizes Land in Florencia

Government of Colombia formalizes land in Florencia, Caquetá

Forty-five farming families in Florencia, Caquetá, receive titles to their land.

Florence, Caqueta. August 19, 2023. @AgenciaTierras.

The National Land Agency (ANT) has granted title to the San Esteban patrimonial asset to 45 farming families residing in the village of San Martín located in the municipality of Florencia within the department of Caquetá. These families had occupied the property since 2011 and had requested the allocation of individual parcels for their housing and farming needs.

 

Government of Colombia formalizes Land in Florencia
Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 

Gerardo Vega Medina, the General Director of the ANT, stated that “the ownership of the San Esteban property, encompassing 42,249 hectares, was transferred to the Nation in 2017 following a process of domain forfeiture conducted by the Special Assets Society-SAE. However, despite the legal transfer of the property, the previous administration of the Agency held the view that adjudication could not commence until the SAE had removed those who were occupying it irregularly.”

 

Government of Colombia formalizes Land in Florencia
Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 

Furthermore, he emphasized, “In light of this situation, in 2023, the Government of Change took substantial measures to benefit peasants aspiring to legitimate ownership of the lands they cultivate for their own sustenance and that of their community. Consequently, the SAE executed the physical handover of the property, and the highest land authority in the nation outlined a legal pathway to grant San Esteban and formalize ownership for the peasant families residing there.”

 

Government of Colombia formalizes Land in Florencia
Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 

In May of this year, a topographic survey and agronomic assessment were conducted to validate the occupation and agricultural projects undertaken on the property. After confirming its agricultural suitability and meeting the criteria for land access, the ANT issued 45 adjudication resolutions for the corresponding number of families within that region.

 

Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 

María Victoria Montealegre, a displaced farmer who is a head of household, received her property title from the ANT. She expressed,

“There are many of us, farming families who have fought and warred against many things that have happened to us, like being displaced. Some of us are mothers head of the household. We have brought these lands forward, thank God, cultivating them with our hands. We grow and produce many products here and these are taken to Florencia, to the stores, to the farmers’ markets. I am very grateful to the president and the National Land Agency, and this miracle that we are celebrating today. The relief is immense; the uncertainty of eviction and losing this land we have nurtured for so many years is finally behind us.”

 

Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 

 

Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 

These 45 title deeds were officially registered at the Public Instruments Registry Office of Florencia, Caquetá, thereby officially granting ownership of the plots they have cultivated for over 12 years. This marks a significant step by the Government of Change to empower these families with the rightful ownership of their land.

 

Image Credit:Esteban Mantilla / ANT.

 


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