Fiji Time: 3:12 PM on Sunday 23 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Hope for solutions

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, July 25, 2014

THE National Federation Party says it recognises that land and the issues of agricultural leases have always been contentious and the source of bitter debates.

In its manifesto launch on Monday, the party said it recognised the need for dialogue and partnership between landlord and tenants for an amicable solution to the iTaukei land lease issue.

In their manifesto the NFP says it will promote a master lease concept in which government leases all available agricultural land from landowners and then re-leases it to tenant farmers for a minimum tenure of 50 years.

It said it would push for agricultural and residential tenants leasing crown C land to be given the option to buy land at a fair price following valuation of the unimproved capital value of the land.

The party said it would ensure the certainty and confidence for both tenants and landowners and in government it would lease land under the Native Land Trust Act (NLTA) from the landowners at a fair rental price and that would be prescribed to a premium rate of 10 per cent of unimproved capital value.

It adds an NFP government will not exercise powers of compulsory acquisition inter alia native land as allowed under Section 27 of the 2013 Constitution.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Sturridge out for the season
  2. $50m more
  3. This team is much fitter than Gold Coast winning team says Ryan
  4. Chaudhry describes budget as 'ambitious and unrealistic'
  5. FCEF: Budget to help Fijians
  6. Fiji's return anticipated
  7. Three drown
  8. Alcohol duty up by 10pc
  9. Fijians win
  10. Boxing: Loss ends Cameron's career

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist's death: Murder accused to appear in court Monday (17 Nov)
  2. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  3. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  4. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  5. The man behind the scene Monday (17 Nov)
  6. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  7. Man found unconscious, dies in hospital Monday (17 Nov)
  8. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  9. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)
  10. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)