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Makutu Leases Land To 3DC

The Makutu family from Cuvu, Nadroga, has given 200 acres of their land to 3 Dimensions Consultants (3DC) to lease. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun at Talenavuruvuru yesterday
13 Jun 2015 14:38
Makutu Leases Land To 3DC
The 3DC officials with the Deputy Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Board, Apakuki Kurusiga. From left: Ratu Waka Naivalu, general manager 3DC Fiji, Mr Kurusiga, Emily Oakley, 3DC director New Zealand and Fiji and Josefa Rajale Manager Farm Services. Photo: Maika Bolatiki

The Makutu family from Cuvu, Nadroga, has given 200 acres of their land to 3 Dimensions Consultants (3DC) to lease.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun at Talenavuruvuru yesterday by Ratu Waka Naivalu, the manager of 3DC Fiji.

He said they would develop this land and convert it to a sugarcane farm.

“We are leasing the land from the chiefly family and we will be paying the lease to the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) for the clan to share,” he said.

On top of that, he said, during harvest, they would be paying $200 per hectare to the family.

3DC also made a presentation to the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council on the sugar industry.

The company’s New Zealand and Fiji director, Emily Oakley, said they were here to help revitalise the sugar industry.

“In line with the Strategic Action Plan for Sugar (2012–2017), our five year plan will assist and compliment the Government’s commitment to increasing sugar production and improve the livelihood of thousands of families,” she said.

“Our goal is for Fiji to achieve annually five million tons of raw sugarcane with a solid market platform by 2020.”

She adds 3DC aims to streamline and transform the existing systems of operation in Fiji’s sugar industry.

“Our emphasis is on increasing the tonnage per hectare and reducing inefficiencies in the overall value chain.”

Council chairman Ratu Waka Vosailagi said the 3DC presentation was well received and delegates had been asked to relay the message to their villages.

He said it was up to the landowners, as the council, had agreed for 3DC to work in the province.

The Deputy Permanent Seretary for iTaukei Affairs Board, Apakuki Kurusiga, urged landowners of the province to lease their lands to 3DC as they would benefit.

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