Ministry secures 10,530 hectares

Director Land Use Division/ Land Bank Taraivini Ratumudu and Permanent Secretary of Lands and Mineral Resources Josefa Caniogo during the Landowners Workshop at Warwick Resort Fiji, Korolevu in this file picture. Picture: JONA KONATACI

ONE hundred seven parcels of idle or unutilised land comprising a total area of 10,529.8945 hectares have been secured by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.

This was revealed by Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources permanent secretary Josefa Caniogo during the opening of the Fiji Land Bank trustees workshop at the Warwick Fiji in Korolevu yesterday.

He said the ministry collected a revenue of $9,418,216.80 for its leases so far.

“We have completed a survey of 78 parcels of customary land and issued 64 leases,” Mr Caniogo said.

He reiterated the significance of having a proper survey of customary boundaries that would assist landowners settle common property description issues.

Mr Caniogo said those issues include confirmed zoning of land, confirmed boundary lines between properties and other line occupancy.

“The assistance rendered by the Government to landowning units for the survey of their native land boundaries is indeed substantial, considering exorbitant survey fees one has to consider prior to engaging in property survey,” he said.

He adds this was an added bonus for landowners who opted to deposit their land in the Land Bank.

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