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100 lease renewals

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, December 16, 2012

FIRST time sugar cane farmer, Lekima Nadrodro of Veisaru sector in Ba has the next 30 years to turn his fathers' barren land into a cash pot.

Mr Nadrodro is one of 100 sugar cane farmers from Ba that were given land lease renewal letters by the iTaukei Land Trust Board recently and as he puts it, he wants to make use of the extra time to create and run a successful sugar cane farm.

"Our mataqali owns the land and we took it upon ourselves to start a sugar cane farm but for the last four years nothing was done on the land," said Mr Nadrodro.

While the idle land was left to the forces of nature, Mr Nadrodro said he was positive that things would change.

He said the new land lease renewals given to them by government and the iTaukei Land Trust Board has given them reason to start the farm.

"We are really happy and grateful to government for giving us a chance to make use of our land. This is a step in the right direction. We have started cultivating our land and soon we will be planting. Next year will be make our first harvest," he said.

Mahendra Kumar, 57, would also reap the rewards of another 30 years of cane farming.

"I had only two years left before my lease expired so this could not have come at a better time for me and my family.

"I have a 13-acre land used mostly for cane farming and to see that I will be able to carry on our family business for another 30 years makes me very happy," said Mr Kumar. He said although being badly affected during the January and March floods earlier this year, the renewals would give more time to make up for lost crops and profits.





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