THE iTaukei Land Trust Board says deduction of land rent for cane farmers is not handled by the organisation.
Board general manager Alipate Qetaki said tenants had a contractual relationship with the organisation to pay their rent in advance — every six months on the first of January and July — for each year of the tenancy.
Responding to concerns raised by a farmer in Labasa, Mr Qetaki said farmers had to pay land rental but if they default the TLTB had certain rights as stipulated in the contract.
Parma Nand of Vunimoli claimed he was only supposed to pay $313.88 last month instead of the $1147.14 that was deducted.
Mr Qetaki said: "For cane farmers, most have assigned part of their sugar cane payment proceeds to TLTB and to be deducted by FSC directly to TLTB as and when the cane payments are made to farmers.
"I want to clarify that TLTB does not deduct anything from the farmer. It is the farmer who authorises FSC to make deductions and payment on his or her behalf to TLTB to pay for the farmer's land rent which includes the current rent and arrears of rent if any."