Payout delayed

13/04

BY LUKE RAWALAI

PINE landowners in Macuata may receive their bonus payments sometimes next week if things go according to plan.

The payout was scheduled to take place last week but had to be cancelled because of adverse weather conditions.

When contacted yesterday for a comment, Fiji Pine Limited’s general manager operations Asesela Cokanacagi said the payout would probably happen next week.

“At this point in time, we cannot reveal the exact date, but we will let the media know when the payment happens,” said Mr Cokanacagi.

“It was supposed to happen last week but had to be cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions and may happen this week.”

Meanwhile during his trip to the North in February this year, Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu revealed that landowners in both Bua and Macuata would receive close to $1million as part of their bonus.

Mr Naiqamu said the bonus payment was possible through the insight of previous landowners who had given their land to Fiji Pine Limited to be used for planting of pine.

Last year, landowners in Bua and Macuata received $251,265.50 in bonus repayments to 73 pine land owning units.

Bua landowners received a total of $126,918.16 in lease security bonus while Macuata landowners received $124,347.34.

In handing over the cheque to 53 landowning units in Seaqaqa last year, Mr Naiqamu thanked the landowners for continuing to work with Fiji Pine Limited by leasing their land for pine farms.

Fiji Pine Ltd’s general manager operations Asesela Cokanacagi said last year the company had provided new and improved incentives for landowners.