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80 West Farmers Receive 99-Year Leases

80 West Farmers Receive 99-Year Leases
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (centre) with the 43 farmers who received their renewed leases on May 5, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers
May 06
10:40 2017

Minister Koya reminds recipients of importance of utilising land

Eighty farmers in the western division were reminded yesterday that they should not do anything to jeopardise the prospects of future generations in securing the same piece of land.

These comments were made by the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya while handing over renewed 99 year agricultural leases.

He added that the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources and Government had the farmers’ interests at heart, hence the renewal of their leases.

Of the 80 recipients who received their registered agricultural lease documents, 43 were from Ba, 22 reside in Lautoka and the remaining 15 were from Nadi.

“I cannot tell you enough of the importance of these renewed agricultural leases to each one of you,” Mr Koya said.

“You each are fully aware of the benefits derived from having your own piece of land to be used for agricultural purposes.

“Need I remind you that you are obligated to utilise this land as per the set terms and conditions outlined in your agreements and I ask that you do no such thing to jeopardise the prospects of your kin in securing the same piece of land should they wish to do so in the future.

“You have a role to play and please do so with honesty and integrity. The Ministry has done its part, the ball is now in your court and it is now time for you to do yours.”

Mr Koya said Government had set systems and policies in place governing the processes and it was the same for the approval and issuance of renewed agricultural leases.

“Under these provisions, we are optimistic that long tenure of leases will foster the sustainable and progressive development of the agricultural and commercial sector as a whole.

“So as you are each handed your lease agreements, please take it in good faith that this Government remains entirely committed to ensuring the prosperity of all Fijians,” he said.

He commended the farmers for staying the course in their perseverance to get their leases renewed.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce





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