Forestry

Fiji Pine frustrated with thefts in the North

Fiji Pine Limited has raised concern with police over investigating and charging private saw-millers stealing pine in Vanua Levu. Fiji Pine’s General Manager, Mr  Asesela Cokanacagi said police in the North did not take timely action on their complaints. COKANACAGI: “Throughout this year we have lodged a number of complaints to the police in Savusavu […]

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November 28, 2016 10:05 am

Fiji Pine Limited has raised concern with police over investigating and charging private saw-millers stealing pine in Vanua Levu.

Fiji Pine’s General Manager, Mr  Asesela Cokanacagi said police in the North did not take timely action on their complaints.

COKANACAGI: “Throughout this year we have lodged a number of complaints to the police in Savusavu and Labasa but they don’t take timely action. There has to be a change in mindset by police.”

Police Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Biu Matavou told Newswire they had received the reports and would be taking action soon.

MATAVOU: “We have taken on board the concerns raised and the Director CID who will be in the North will be looking into the issue personally”.

Mr Cokanacagi said it took 25 years for the pine to mature after going through our nursery and planting process.

COKANACAGI: “We pay ground rent and various other benefits to our landowners. FPL’s pine is for the benefit of its landowners through various processing methods.”

FPL plantations are spread over 84,000 hectares throughout Fiji.

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