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FNU land search

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 18, 2013

GOVERNMENT will provide the 5000 acres of land required by the Fiji National University (FNU) for the newly introduced agriculture scholarship.

Ministry of Lands permanent secretary, Tevita Boseiwaqa said the ministry was yet to receive correspondence from the FNU with regards to identifying the land.

"We haven't received any correspondence from the university with regards to the type of land they want and the location," Mr Boseiwaqa said.

"We understand it is a government initiative and we will try and look through our land bank on what's available," he said.

"Also, we will be going around to iTaukei landowners who are willing to lease out their land for development purposes.

"We are trying to be proactive by going out to landowners, trying to secure available land," he added.

Mr Boseiwaqa said the FNU would have to liaise with the ministry on the type of land they required.

FNU vice chancellor, Dr Ganesh Chand said the new course would start next week.

He said the selection criteria included those who passed the Form Seven examination and showed an aptitude for commercial farming.

"The selected 50 will be given 100 acres each upon the completion of their one-year course," Dr Chand said.

"The land will be made available by the government for those who pass the program."


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