Kosovo Serbs are massively selling their fields to Albanians, but they still take subsidies for farming from the state, reported Serbian daily Blic. The confusion was made by a double cadastre, so Albanians write into their cadastre the land they bought, while the same still bares the name of the old owner in the Serbian cadastre.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, this year, for subsidies in Kosovo and Metohija, went 67.64 million dinars ($788,662.11) on 3,408 farms still registered in the Serbian cadastre. While the registers are not matched, nobody will know how many Serbs sold their land, and are still using help from the state. According to Blic, most of this kind of frauds were in Laplje Selo and Cagijevci.
“There were lots of sales along the main road, between Pristina and Urosevac. This part is suitable for turning agricultural land into construction land,” said a source for the daily.
Oliver Ivanovic, a former state secretary for Kosovo and Metohija, said that there are these cases, and “knowing their and our mindset – this is kind of matrix”.
“Everything will have to be synchronized soon, because one of the agreements made by the previous government is the register of immovable property. It will surely happen that in Serbian cadastre a Serb is an owner and Albanian in their,” Ivanovic said for Serbian daily.
The Agreement on Cadastre between Belgrade and Pristina was signed in 2011. Borislav Stefanovic, the official negotiator, said that it is “obvious this agreement is not implemented today”.
“Everything has been arranged, but obviously is not implemented. When the situation would be thoroughly investigated, all this would be settled very soon, if things would move from a standstill. Everyone would have to have the purchase agreement and to prove it is not a forgery. This way, they have amazing space to still receive funds from the state and to lie to the people what is their real situation,” Stefanovic said.
According to him, the mechanism of synchronization through joint commission and international supervision was arranged in 2011. That is when exchange of copies from the cadastre began, but the originals were kept. Stefanovic said Belgrade was not ready to give originals because these books concern sovereignty of the country.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Agriculture has its hands tied, because it has the obligation to “through basic incentives for the production of plants, in the same way and under same conditions encourage all registered farmers throughout the territory of Serbia”.