TLTB cleans system | Incorrect records

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Eri Balenacagi (middle). Picture: NACANIELI UILEVUKA

The iTaukei Land Trust Board is cleaning up its system, according to its estate officer Eri Balenacagi.

During a consultation with farmers on Monday, Mr Balenacagi said some properties had been incorrectly recorded in their system.

Despite being charted elsewhere, he said the titles indicated otherwise, leading to confusion and misalignment between the records and the actual land.

“In the system, it says the land given to a particular farmer has been chartered on land B but on the title, it’s land A,” Mr Balenacagi said.

He said accuracy was important to avoid discrepancies.

“Our map team observed cases where properties with agricultural leases were not built within their designated land,” Mr Balenacagi said.

“For instance, in our system, the farm has been chartered to the farmer’s lease and the house to some-one else.

“While speaking to farmers we will be checking their agricultural lease, we will also conduct inspection and rechecking with our data.”

However, farmer Ravinesh Prasad questioned the TLTB’s action, saying it could deprive farmers from planting sugarcane.

“You have to give us the right explanation,” Mr Prasad said.

In response, Mr Balenacagi said they were doing their work and that no one was being deprived.

He said if the farmers wanted more clarity on the issue, they were to liaise with their advisory councillor or the TLTB office.

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