14 Aug 2007

Some farmers in Fiji's Tavua are likely to have leases renewed

10:27 am on 14 August 2007

About fifteen farmers in Fiji's Tavua are likely to have their leases renewed after landowners considered it best for them to continue to utilise the land.

The Fiji Times reports that the landowners have agreed that the leases be renewed, but the issue will have to be taken up with the Native Land Trust Board first.

Since the expiry of agriculture leases under the Agriculture Landlord and Tenants Act in 1996, thousands of acres of land has been lying idle and unproductive.

The interim government has been talking about having all idle land, especially in the western division, utilised for sugar cane farming.