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Farmers Query Lease Process Time

The delay of lease offer letters handed to applicants after applying with the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) was one issue raised at a consultation in the Northern Division recently.
18 May 2015 08:49
Farmers Query Lease Process Time
Farmers from Bucaisau after talanoa session with the Committee of Better Utilisation of Land (CBUL), at Labasa. Photo: Peni Drauna

The delay of lease offer letters handed to applicants after applying with the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) was one issue raised at a consultation in the Northern Division recently.

Some cane farmers from Bucaisau had questioned the Committee of Better Utilisation of Land (CBUL) officers why it would take long to process a lease offer letter after an application has been made.

Bucaisau farmer Jagdishwar Prasad said: “I have applied for a land lease back in 2012 and still I have not received my offer letter.”

Similar sentiments were also shared by a farmer from Vuinika, Sachindra Prasad.

He said most farmers had to wait three to four months, but still they have not received any offer letter from TLTB.

“It is really frustrating to go to TLTB office every day to gather weather our lease application has been processed or if it’s available,” Mr Sachindra said.

In response to the farmer’s queries, TLTB staff Julian Toronibau said the process of lease application would take four to six months before approval.

“Once the land inspection is done and approved than it will be endorsed by the manager than the offer letter is given to the farmer,” Mr Toronibau said.

The committee that visited the farmers in Labasa is made up of the TLTB, Commissioner Northern Office, Lands Department and Fiji Sugar Co-operation staff as well as other stakeholders.

peni.drauna@fijisun.com.fj

 

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