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Jun 5, 2020

Nigel Petillo Takes on Land Reform

Land reform advocate Nigel Petillo has identified another acreage not far from where he initially encouraged hundreds of Belizeans to sign up for parcels that, as it turned out, belongs to the Belmopan Land Development Company.  This Sunday, Petillo expects another massive turnout of residents who are interested in owning land in Cotton Tree Village.  The question, however, is whether proper due diligence has been done to determine the ownership of the land.  Prior to discussing that piece of property, Petillo raised the subject of land reform, an issue that many have been clamoring for.


Nigel Petillo

Nigel Petillo, Activist

“Mek wih have wahn discussion about land reform, mek wih find ways how wih could mek the grassroots man really develop and I di tell yoh, land da di numba one resource.  If you give or equip every family, in fact every individual eena dis country could have, three hundred and fifty, three hundred and seventy-five thousand individuals.  Let’s go call it three hundred and fifty or three hundred and seventy-five thousand acres of land then.  We got bout five million acres of land in this country, wih done understand that some powerful families own what, wahn four hundred thousand acres deh ya, wahn next one own wahn hundred thousand acres.  Alright, dehn deh gaan, buut mek we sih how we could mek land available back.  You could nationalize wahn piece ah land from somebody and tek it back and seh my people, my hundred thousand people or my twenty thousand people ya versus you need land.  Wahn serious government, wahm government weh care wahn find ways fi mek land available fi ih people.  Again, ah wahn tell yoh, all ah dehn guys eena government dehn have land yoh know, dehn have farmland, etc…”

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