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iTaukei Like Land Help

More iTaukei landowners are taking advantage of the Government’s grant scheme and developing their lands rather than relying on developers. The iTaukei grant initiative was part of the FijiFirst Party’s
07 Jul 2015 10:51
iTaukei Like Land Help

More iTaukei landowners are taking advantage of the Government’s grant scheme and developing their lands rather than relying on developers.

The iTaukei grant initiative was part of the FijiFirst Party’s manifesto through which $10million was budgeted to assist iTaukei landowners to develop their lands.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night confirmed that apart from individuals, companies, mataqali trusts and mataqalis have put in their applications to access this grant.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the majority of applications are specifically for sub-division for residential, commercial and tourism purposes;

He said: “Some applications are quite thorough as per meeting the requirements since they have submitted scheme plans, EIA (environmental impact assessment), and approvals from regulatory agencies;

“Currently the department is carrying out an assessment of these applications which will include independent verification of information and documentation supplied. Site visits will also be carried out and hen successful projects will be funded.”

He said the office has been constantly receiving calls from members of the public enquiring about the documentation and information required.

This initiative was introduced with the aim to encourage landowners to get into the business of being landlords while reaping direct commercial benefits from their land,.

This funding has been made available as a grant to assist landowners to meet development costs, such as the provision of electricity, water and roads.

“This initiative will not only empower the iTaukei but will also contribute to national economic development,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Some 35 applications are in the final process of approval.

He said that through this process, more developed land would be readily available for economic activities.

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