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Stakeholders in land talks

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

OFFICIALS from the Lands and Mineral Resources Department are having face to face meetings with stakeholders in the Western Division to address land related concerns.

Ba Provincial Council chairman Ratu Meli Saukuru says landowners need to make themselves available to address their concerns.

The officials are touring the west and meeting customers with land grievances.

Led by director of lands Mosese Tagicakibau and divisional surveyor western Ilaitia Navunisaravi, the team has covered Sigatoka and Nadi over the past two days and will be in Lautoka today.

Ratu Meli said most landowners had idle land unutilised for years.

He was one of hundreds that turned up at the Nadi meeting yesterday.

He said the Western Division had the potential to further increase its land productivity through cane and vegetable farming.

"The west contributes more than half of the country's income through sugar, agriculture and tourism," Ratu Meli said.

"This kind of service where the heads of departments come down to meet grassroots people will surely benefit the people in the west."

"We still have vacant land at our doorsteps and this is one good way for landowners to come forward and get advice from the professionals," he explained.

Ratu Meli said many landowners in the division had invested native land into the land bank for development purposes.

"As one of the landowners in the west we are so fortunate and we appreciate this government's initiative."