Ravu assures pine landowners on bonus payments

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Minister for Forestry Kalaveti Ravu. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Minister for Fisheries and Forestry Kalaveti Ravu says he has reassured pine landowners in Bua, Vanua Levu about receiving their land security bonus payment.

In an article reported by The Fiji Times last week, Fiji Pine Ltd board chairman Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure said bonus payments to pine landowners had been deferred.

There were concerns and queries from pine landowners in Vanua Levu who said the bonus was to have been paid early this month.

Mr Ravu said while visiting pine landowners on Thursday, he was there to listen to issues they were presently facing.

“And also reassuring them the money owed to them would be paid out accordingly,” he said.

Mr Ravu said he had requested a report on how the money was distributed among the landowners over the years.

“I now have the report with me and would ensure money owed to them would be fairly distributed.”

Mr Ravu said pine landowners would reap great benefits in the future.

“If we work together and continue to pursue the growth of this important industry.”

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