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Party considers master lease plan for landowners

Shayal Devi
Friday, August 08, 2014

THE National Federation Party is looking at a master lease plan where landowners are paid by government, says candidate Jaganath Sami.

He said this payment would then be recovered from the money generated from cane harvesting.

Presently, landowners get paid after authorities deduct lease money from the sugar payout.

The former CEO for the Sugar Cane Growers Council and NFP candidate made the remarks while speaking at Matawalu Village in Lautoka.

He said it was not only sugar-harvesting families who benefited from the industry but the landowners as well.

"You will get your land lease rental and don't have to wait for it," he said.

"From Rakiraki to Sigatoka, all towns are sugar towns where the main income comes from sugar.

"The money coming out of the sugar industry is used to pay the landowners, who are then able to develop themselves and educate their children."