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ALTA or NTLA : what's in the name? : land tenure dilemma and the Fiji sugar industry

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Author(s)
Lal, Padma; Lim-Applegate, Hazel; Reddy, Mahendra
Publisher
Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date
2001
Subject(s)
Land tenure Government policy Fiji; Landlord and tenant Fiji; Land tenure Economic aspects Fiji; Agricultural laws and legislation Fiji; Leases Fiji; Sugar trade Fiji; Sugarcane industry Economic aspects Fiji
Series
Working paper, no. 46
Abstract
Since 1997, the agricultural leases on Native land, issued under the 1976 Agricultural and Landlord Tenants Act (ALTA), began to expire. The sugar industry is the main commodity export earner for Fiji, directly contributing about 22% of the national GDP and supporting over 25% of the country’s active labor force. Fiji exports 80% of its sugar production, earning on average of $250-300 million in foreign exchange annually. Several options have been suggested, including: non-renewal of leases, with the land reverting to Fijian owners; renewal of ALTA but with land rents pegged to the gross value of production instead of the unimproved capital value; sharecropping and contract wage arrangements; and abolishment of lease arrangement under ALTA with leases to be issued under an institutional arrangement guided by the Native Lands Trust Act (NLTA).
Description
iii, 35 p.
Permanent link
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/21953 
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