The Department of Public Lands will lift the moratorium on the issuance of temporary Agricultural Grazing Permits for the island of Saipan and will be accepting applications in November 2020. AGPs for Saipan have been on moratorium since 2006. At that time, DPL had 47 AGP permittees.
The lifting of this moratorium will allow DPL to open idle public lands to individuals interested in using the land as a grazing area for their livestock. DPL currently has 41 AGP permits, which are scattered throughout the island, but mainly located in Marpi. DPL staff continue to identify more sites for livestock and cattle grazing around the island.
Grazing permits are temporary and are renewed annually provided that permittee is in full compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit, including the AGP regulations. Allotted hectares per applicant will vary due to type of livestock. Any CNMI resident interested in raising livestock can avail of the agricultural grazing permit once the moratorium is lifted.
Review the DPL Temporary Occupancy Agreement regulations under NMIAC §145-70-210: http://www.cnmilaw.org/pdf/admincode/T145/T145-70.pdf
For more information on the subsistence farm plots, visit the DPL website at www.dpl.gov.mp or like DPL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DPLCNMI. DPL can also be reached at (670) 234-3751, via email at email@example.com, and is located on the second floor of the Joeten Dandan Commercial Building. (PR)