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Farmer keeps hope alive

Maciu Malo
Thursday, February 07, 2013

CANE farmer Vijendra Prasad is landless but has high hopes.

Arriving at a meeting organised by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources in Nadi this week, the 56-year-old said he had been a farmer for 25 years and was confident his request for farmland would be considered.

Originally from Ba, Mr Prasad and his family moved in to his brother's home after their lease on a freehold property expired.

He told The Fiji Times he lodged an application with the Lands Department in Lautoka in February last year but has not received a response.

"I have been involved with the cane industry for more than 25 years," he said.

"We had a family lease for a freehold land but our lease has expired and the owner of the land has sold his land leaving us homeless.

"I am fortunate that we have managed to be temporarily accommodated at my brother's home in Nalaga all this while. For the past year, I have been desperately looking for land to farm and for my family to reside on.

"I just heard through a friend that the Lands team will be touring the west which is the reason I visited them here all the way from Ba."

Director for Lands Mosese Tagicakibau said the ministry was aware of the many complaints received from the public.


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