A total of 1479 i-Taukei landowning units whose land are leased out for agricultural purposes will receive payments after the Ministry of Agriculture issued $3.72m to the i-Taukei Lands Trust Board.
The payment to the landowners is from the Committee for Better Utilization of Land programme, an initiative set up to assist farmers in agricultural areas especially sugarcane farmers whose land leases had expired while at the same time it provides incentives for landowners to allow them to lease their land which is lying idle.
iTaukei Lands Trust Board General Manager Tevita Kuruvakadua has confirmed that the board would ensure to disburse the funds to individual landowners bank accounts.
He adds that this will include 733 landowners in the Western Division, 347 in the Northern Division and 395 in the Central/Eastern Divisions.
Kuruvakadua said that landowners should expect these funds in their bank accounts by midday today.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.