ABOUT 50 per cent of agricultural leases will fall under the category of bad husbandry if farmers continue with bad farming practices.
Presenting to the Committee for Better Utilisation of Land (CBUL) meeting in Labasa, iTaukei Land Trust Board deputy general manager Solo Nata said this was a serious matter.
Mr Nata said farming practices observed in the field were a concern and alarming in certain areas.
"We need to discuss this issue seriously. I have visited many farms and there is hardly any contouring or sativa planting in the cane fields," he said.
"Conservation is not observed in river and stream banks as cultivation extends right to the edge of rivers and streams.
"Erosion and landslides during heavy precipitation are happening right now and these are contributing to the degradation of land."