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TLTB renews 4474 leases

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

THE iTaukei Land Trust Board has renewed 4474 cane farming leases around from 1997 to 2013.

Presenting to the Committee for Better Utilization of Land (CBUL) meeting in Labasa yesterday, TLTB deputy general manager Solo Nata said the renewed leases involved cane farming only.

Mr Nata said they only issued renewal of leases while the Ministry of Sugar issued cane contracts to farmers.

"Sometimes when we issue leases to farmers, they don't take their lease to the industry to get their contracts because they may need to diversify and plant other crops apart from cane," he said.

"Between 1997 and 2013, we renewed 4474 leases to sitting tenants while 1767 leases were issued to incoming new tenants.

"We have subdivided 180 leases for other economic uses, including residential, tourism and other commercial uses."

Mr Nata said at present, they were processing 487 leases for renewal.

"The total leases for agricultural cane and other leases apart from cane are 5318, which were issued to sitting tenants."