CNMI government opens public lands for agricultural use

Saipan-- The CNMI's Department of Public Land will lift the moratorium on agricultural grazing permit for Saipan to pave the way for the conversion of idle public lands into grazing areas for livestock.

"Our goal is to maximize the use of public lands to benefit the community and it is also important during this time to increase food sustainability here on the island and reduce reliance on imported food,"DPL Secretary Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo said.

DPL said it currently has 41agricultural grazing permits, which are scattered throughout the island, but mainly located in the Marpi area. DPL staff continue to identfy sufficient sites for livestock and cattle grazing around the island.