STATE land leased out for agriculture purposes are underutilised, says Lands permanent secretary Tevita Boseiwaqa.
In his presentation at the Fiji Business Forum in Suva on Saturday, Mr Boseiwaqa said this was one of the findings of ground teams who conducted assessments on the utilisation of State land in various categories.
He said the highest revenue collector in terms of State land being leased out was derived from commercial leases.
Presenting to more than 100 members of the Suva Chamber of Commerce and other relevant stakeholders, Mr Boseiwaqa said the state owned four per cent of land, which was approximately 564,000 hectares.
He said the State land was mainly on Viti Levu in the Western Division and on Vanua Levu being mostly the Macuata area, especially in Labasa.
The presentation also revealed that the Western Division topped the list of State land leased out to members of the public, corporate bodies and other organisations.
He said the ministry noted that there had been a decline in land dealings, including sales and purchases of land from 2009 to last year.
Mr Boseiwaqa also said members of the public or business owners wanting to set up businesses and were having problems in securing land or any other land-related matter could now visit their offices around the country to discuss their problems.
"We are trying to serve each and every one of you sufficiently and effectively," he said.
"So one of the government's main priority is to decentralise services in order to see that you are being looked after and served."