Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe yesterday handed over 30 letters as a demonstration with an instruction that the rest begin to receive their letters today from the Office of the District Commissioner in Kitwe.
The Permanent Secretary did however not leave without a warning to the former miners for prudent utilisation of farm land.
He further advised the former miners that there is readily available market in Saudi Arabia for goats.
Nundwe urged ex miners to explore goat keeping and supply to Saudi Arabia which requires about a million goats every month.
He said government has demarcated about 1000 plots in Lufwanyama District at a cost of one million adding that each ex miner has been allocated 5 hectares.
And Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe has lobbied through government that ex miners be considered in the US $50 million for aquaculture from Africa Development Bank.
Kang’ombe said the ex miners who have waited for the pieces f land for over three years need start up capital to make good use of the land.