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Lakeba Pine Scheme Hands Over Management To New Board

Lakeba Pine  Scheme Hands  Over Management  To New Board
Minister for Forests, Osea Naiqamu during the signing of the transfer of management of the Lakeba Pine Schemes on November 27, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Forestry.
December 02
16:01 2017

Respective leaders of the island of Lakeba handed over the management of their pine schemes to the Lakeba Development Company Limited (LDCL) board committee on November 27.

It was witnessed by the Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu in the chiefly village of Tubou in Lakeba.

Speaking during the signing of the hand over, Mr Naiqamu thanked the leaders for their willingness to hand over the company.

This means that it will now operate as a business venture which will see the benefits trickling down to the landowners.

“This was a seed that was planted by the late Tui Nayau and President  of Fiji, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, and the occasion is a significant one as the new board will endeavour to move the company forward for the betterment of all the people of Lakeba,” Mr Naiqamu said.

The agreement which is between Lakeba Development Company and the Matabose ni Veika Vakavanua kei Lakeba have consented to the full running execution, processing and managing of all pine processing on the island by the company.

Mr Naiqamu added that full support and co-operation must be rendered to the new board to enable them to carry out their tasks and move the company forward.

“We need you all to work together and have pride in the company that has now been tasked to move the business forward and into the future.

“Please have patience and let the new board carry out their work,” he said.

The ministry will be working closely with the company and will support them during their first few months of operation.

Operational work will be carried out Wainiyabia in Lakeba and will include harvesting, processing and marketing of finished pine products.

The LDCL board will oversee all aspects of the business and have a consultant working on the island to ensure a smooth start to the operational work.

Lakeba has the largest pine scheme in Fiji and has 1500 hectares of pine.

 

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