FIJI PAYS EVICTED FARMERS COMPENSATION

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's interim government has paid another 71 evicted cane farmers more than AUS$ 22,000 (US$ 12,300) each in compensation at a ceremony in the western city of Lautoka.

The project was introduced by the ousted Mahendra Chaudhry government to help those farmers who had been forced off the land after the expiry of their leases.

All the recipients of the cash compensation so far have been Indo Fijians.

Radio Fiji reported that 136 former farmers have now benefited from the project, which is due to conclude at the end of the month.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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