The Mineral Resources Department distributed the 9th payout of the mineral royalties to the Nasomo Landowners Trust members on the 23rd of December 2020.
The mineral fair share royalty payout is the result of gold and silver mined beneath the Nasomo land for the period June 2020 to August 2020.
Value of mined commodity was approximately FJ$62,148.30 in value.
The payout will be shared amongst 123 Nasomo Landowners Trust members with each recipient receiving approximately FJ$505.25.
This payout is in accordance to Section 5 of the Fair Share of Mineral Royalties Act 2018 which states that 80% of mineral royalties be given to landowning units or customary fishing rights holders and 20% to be retained by the State.
The Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources, Dr. Raijeli Taga says this fair share payout to landowners is a benefit from the use of their land for mining.
She stated that the payout aims to contribute towards socio-economic development, economic empowerment of indigenous landowning communities, boost local economic activity in rural areas and improve quality of life and aligned to the vision of the government with equitable benefit sharing.
Dr. Taga also advised the trust members to utilize their money wisely and use it for the benefit of their families and the mining community.

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