27 September, 2014, 12:00 am
TWO years after paying about $7000 to renew an expired lease, a frustrated farmer of Wairabetia, Lautoka, claims the iTaukei Land Trust Board is yet to facilitate the transaction.
Faruk Ali said letters to various government departments remained unanswered and in an act of desperation to speed up action, decided to go public with his frustration.
“I was born here and my family has resided here for over 60 years,” he said.
He claimed the landowning unit he leased from fenced the plot a week after he paid for the lease renewal in mid 2012.
Mr Ali said the TLTB had noted that it was unlawful but negotiated with the landowning unit which offered him a neighbouring plot as compensation.
“Next thing I know, another man is there farming the land that was supposed to be given to me. On top of that, I am still paying $500 annually for the agricultural lease.”
He said the delay had caused a fleet of farming vehicles including a tractor and a pair of Bedford trucks, to remain parked in his yard for two years and beginning to rust.
TLTB general manager Alipate Qetaki said he would conduct his own investigation into the matter.