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Lease concern

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, March 01, 2014

THE expiry of leases stood out as a major concern for cane growers in the Western Division who attended consultations at the Sugar Cane Growers Council headquarters in Lautoka on Thursday.

Industry leaders, however, allayed their fears and outlined assistance programs available to the farmers.

Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said negotiations between industry stakeholders and the Lands Department had been conducted to smooth out issues growers faced with the impending expiry of leases.

"State land tenants can get an undertaking from the Lands Department that their leases will be renewed," he said.

"This will allow these tenants to apply for grants and funds to assist them with replanting or new planting programs."

Mr Chetty said cane growers whose leases were due to expire within the next three years had been urged to contact their nearest Lands Department office for assistance.