We must say these landowners who have been told to pay rent that dates back to 2000 should really get a good lawyer to fight their cause or they themselves should put up a good fight.
What was the assumption when these landowners took back their land back in 2000, in terms of HAVING to cultivate them so our nation can have some $$$$$?
Why is it still under NLTB jurisdiction when the landowners took them back, for them to owe NLTB rent in lease arrears as reported?
Landowners owe $3.6mMereseini Marau
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 (Fiji Times)
"NLTB: 2764 cane leases are held by i-taukei tenants" I-TAUKEIS ARE LANDOWNERS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. OTHER I-TAUKEIS WHO HAVE MOVED FROM THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMES MAYBE TENANTS FOR THESE I-TAUKEIS.LANDOWNERS who failed to plant cane on land they took back from tenants now owe the Native Land Trust Board $3.6million in lease arrears. WERE THEY SUPPOSE TO PLANT CANE? WHOSE RULE WAS THAT?
NLTB general manager Alipate Qetaki confirmed this, saying the lease arrears dated back to 2000.
He encouraged those farmers to lease out their land if they could not cultivate it, but warned that as a last option the NLTB would re-possess the land for leasing by either re-entry or vacant possession through the courts. WHAT IS THIS FORCETAKI!!!!
Mr Qetaki said those landowners were supposed to pay rent.
He said of the 14,418 agricultural leases, there were 8763 cane leases of which 2764 were held by i-taukei tenants and 5999 by non i-taukei tenants.
"The exact figures for landowners leasing their own land are not available, but out of the 2764 i-taukei cane farmers, the bulk are landowners," he said.
Mr Qetaki explained that rental payments were to come from cane payments made to NLTB by the Fiji Sugar Corporation through the Master Award.
"When there are no cane proceeds due to non-cultivation or insufficient cane proceeds, NLTB rent is not paid.When there is no cane to harvest to the mill, then there is no cane payment," Mr Qetaki said.
He said tenants should find other sources of income to pay rent from if rent could not come from cane payments.
"Tenants are expected to pay rent," he said.
Mr Qetaki encouraged those landowners to visit the nearest NLTB regional office to make arrangements for payments in order to honour their agreement.
He said tenants incurred a 1 per cent interest per month if they defaulted on rent. Mr Qetaki said the Committee of Better Utilisation of Land was looking into unproductive cane farms and land.
"There are programs in place to utilise these lands productively," he said, with the first stage being identification of available land.
Commissioner Western and CIBUL chairman Commander Joeli Cawaki said they were consulting landowners over the importance of leasing land out to salvage the sugar industry. YES! DONE BY FORCE BY ANOTHER COMMANDER OF THE DISGRACED FIJI HOOLIGANTARY!He said most land was idle in the Western Division and could be put to good use if diverted for use for the sugar industry.
He said that was in line with the government's policy on the sugar industry. YEAH!!!!! THE SUGAR INDUSTRY WHO UNDER YOUR OWN RAPE OF OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM, HAD TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR BULLIYING ACTIONS AND LACK OF RESPECT FOR OTHERS. THE SUGAR INDUSTRY HAD BEEN DOING WELL WITH AIDS FROM OVERSEAS, WHICH WE ALWAYS NEED, BUT WITH YOUR DICTATORSHIP NO OVERSEAS AID DONOR IS WILLING TO FUND YOUR ILLEGAL DOINGS. THUS, YOU HAVE TO RESORT TO HARDLINE TACTICS LIKE THREATENING LANDOWNERS TO PAY RENT OR YOU WILL GET AN ORDER FROM YOUR ILLEGAL COURTS TO ENFORCE YOUR INHUMAE ACTIONS!
LET'S HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR THESE LANDOWNERS!!!