The Sugar Cane Growers Council wants to meet with the traditional landowners of Nawaicoba, one of the most productive sugar cane growing areas in Nadi, to discuss lease renewal. TLTB CEO, Alipate Qetaki, has confirmed his office is involved, leaving us wondering where the Frank Land Bank is when cane leases need to be renewed. Bainimarama boasts that his Land Bank charges no fees, leaving more for landowners, so why isn’t FLB stepping in to solve the problem? Is the Land Bank waiting in the wings for the collapse of the sugar industry to allow Chinese interests to step in and grab big tracts of land in return for taking over FSC debts on terms that will leave landowners and tenants wondering what happened? Let’s hope landowners and tenants can sort something out with the idiot Qetaki there to help.
Fiji Times June 14 2014 Lease meeting