THE management of Ura Estate on Taveuni will take legal action against 80 farmers who were issued with eviction notices for failure to fulfil the provisions of their original contract with owners, Winsome Investment Limited.
Estate manager Mika Cabealawa said the farmers were given ample time early this year to vacate the estate but refused to do so.
He said the farmers had originally entered into an agreement with the investment to plant certain quantity of crops for the company and they had also paid a lump sum of money to plant on the estate land.
"These farmers have failed to keep their part of the agreement and this means they have broken the contract," Mr Cabealawa said.
"They were also supposed to pay a certain amount of money to the company and for the past eight years, they have not been able to pay up.
"Now, I have no choice but to take legal action against them and the relevant government officials are also assisting me with this."
Mr Cabealawa said he would take such action tomorrow.
He added the farmers were part of the Delaivuna Multiracial Farmers Co-operative.
Delaivuna farmer and secretary of the co-operative John Leo, also one of the farmers who had purchased land from the estate, earlier said they had been paying compensation for their farmlands for the past eight years now.