THE permanent secretary for Sugar, Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi, has directed his department to treat as top priority the renewal of leases for canefarmers in Ba and Nadi.
He revealed this while speaking to farmers during the Fiji Sugar Corporation field day exercise in Ba this week.
Mr Vaniqi said the leases of 72 farmers from Nawaicoba, Nadi, would expire in two to three years.
Yesterday, he directed the FSC to compile a list of all leases due to expire in the Moto and Naloto sectors. About 1000 farmers live in this area.
"This has been made a priority by the Prime Minister, we must look into leases now before they expire," Mr Vaniqi said.
Some farmers complained they had tried in vain to renew leases over the past six months.
"You have our assurance that this will be made a priority.
"The government will do all it can to allow our farmers to plant more cane, and that is the directive from the Prime Minister."