Licence needed to start logging business on mataqali land

Timoci Rinavuaka (left) and Minister for Forest Osea Naiqamu during the tree planting and consultation at Vatukarasa Village in Tailevu. Picture: RAMA

VILLAGES across the country that plans to start logging businesses on mataqali land will need to apply for a licence from the Ministry of Forestry.

This was highlighted by the director forestry Central/Eastern Division Apisai Rinamalo during a consultation with villagers of Vatukarasa in Tailevu on Thursday.

While speaking on Government’s 4 Million Trees in 4 Years initiative, he said they would need to seek approval from the iTaukei Lands Trust Board first before applying for a licence from the ministry.

More details on this story in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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