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Landowners await details

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, February 24, 2018

THE Bua Provincial Council is working with the Ministry of Forests, Fiji Pine Ltd and the iTaukei Land Trust Board to address the concerns of pine landowners over pine farms on reserved land.

Roko Tui Bua Aisake Sivo said they had compiled all reports pertaining to overplanted pine trees on native reserve land.

Mr Sivo said the understanding from last year was that TLTB and the FPL would return to landowners with a finalised copy of Fiji Pine Ltd lease boundaries because of differences in the maps owned by the two entities.

"We are still waiting for the final boundary map and the finalisation of queries given to FPL and TLTB and since receiving similar queries from other landowning units today (yesterday) we are going to refer them to both entities," he said.

Meanwhile, in September last year, Fiji Pine Ltd general manager operations Asesela Cokanacagi clarified to this newspaper that TLTB and FPL would formalise that the company be in charge of the return of overplanted pine land.

Mr Cokanacagi said then that overplanted land referred to land outside lease boundaries where Fiji Pine Ltd had planted pine.

Mr Cokanacagi had said there were various reasons for overplanting, with one of them being that planting carried out by contractors at that time were not monitored well.

He also said they were aware that there were pine trees belonging to the company that had been planted outside the company's lease boundary.

He added to solve this issue, they had formulated an MOU with TLTB, which had already been sent to TLTB for review before implementation.

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