9 Aug 2006

Fiji landowners paid for lifting blockade

8:43 am on 9 August 2006

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has agreed to pay a group of indigenous landowners at Ba who blocked a cane railway line for four weeks a goodwill payment of almost 35-thousand US dollars for the use of their land.

Fiji TV reports that the agreement was announced by lawyers for the Corporation and the Native Lands Trust Board in the Lautoka High Court yesterday.

The landowners will also receive an annual rental of 377 US dollars for the 6 hectares of land involved compared with the previous $2.18 US

The company chairman, Charles Walker, had earlier said the blockade was illegal and paying compensation would not be fair to those landowners who were not breaking the