Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Additional 400,000 hectares allocated as “free land” in Kamchatka


MOSCOW, July 13 (RAPSI) – Over 400,000 hectares of land on Kamchatka are going to be additionally allocated in accordance with the Federal law on the so-called “Far East hectare”, the statement from the press-service of the regional government reads.

This idea was proposed by the regional authorities to the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East.

Initially, newly allocated territories did not fall under the “hectare” law regulation because of presence of large deposits of peat. However, the change was made because these territories are in close proximity to key settlements and are in high demand.

On June 1, the federal law on the so-called “Far East hectare” entered into force.

In April, the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, adopted a law permitting Russia’s citizens to get one hectare of land in the Far East, Yakutia, Kamchatka, Primorye, Khabarovsk, Amur, Magadan, and Sakhalin regions, as well as in the Jewish Autonomous Region and Chukotka for free once in their lifetimes. Such plots will be given for a 5-year term on condition they are free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, and are freely tradable.

Those willing to have a hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land for free can choose desirable locations online and fill all necessary registration documents. The procedure envisages a 30-day period to reject, suspend, or agree applications on the part of respective land owners (a municipality or forestry authorities); therefore, first parcels could be allotted by end of July 2016.

After three years users will have to account for the way they have used their plots to an authorized agency, and in case parcels have not been used for the designated business purposes the respective rights should be voided. If account is satisfactory, after the initial term of use (five years), the parcels will be subject to lease or ownership. The land in the forestry fund may only be leased, but converted to ownership rights after 10 years of lease.

The law permits to obtain a hectare of land per each family member and allows collective applications for organization of large-scale businesses.

The land is to be allotted in stages. Residents of certain selected municipalities in the Far East Federal District are the first in line since June 1, 2016; from October 1, plots of land will be available across the whole territory of the District. Only the citizens registered in the District will be entitled to get parcels until February 1, 2017; after this date the land will be available for all citizens.

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  1. Is this land able to be planted on and cultivated? It seems like very cold, barren land.

    1. Yes of course. Kamchatka is located at 50-60 degrees latitude. In other parts of Europe and Russia this includes north Germany, Denmark, Poland, the lower 1/2 of Sweden and Norway, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus, northern Romania, Moscow, Magnitogorsk, Obsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Komsomolsk and including Alaska, the lower 1/2 of all of Canada and much of New England in the USA - everything north of Pennsylvania. So you'll recognise from this that we're talking about wheat-bowl regions throughout Russia, places where there are huge fisheries, and incredible opportunities for eco-tourism and adventure tourism. The reasons why the additional land has been offered is answered to in the article. Here's a URL for a map of Europe... Easy enough for anyone to Google and refer to. I have noted that people seem to frequently mistake "North" when the "Far East of Russia" is referred. These provinces where free land is offered are just slightly north of Japan and on the same latitude as North California and Washington state in the USA. Does food grow in these regions? Yes, of course it does. Thanks for your inquiry. http://store.mapsofworld.com/digital-maps/country-maps-1-2-3/russia-1-2-3-4-5/russian-federation-lat-long