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PM Fixes Farmers’ Problems On Spot

PM Fixes Farmers’  Problems On Spot
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during talks with farmers during the Sugar Consultation at the Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council building in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
July 26
10:04 2016

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama surprised cane farmers during his consultation visit to the Western Division over the past three days by resolving some of their problems on the spot.

Issues such as water shortage because of the ongoing drought, leases, operational issues faced with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and i-Taukei Land Trust Board, and other problems faced by the farmers were brought before Mr Bainimarama.

The PM’s entourage included senior officials of the Water Authority of Fiji, i-Taukei Land Trust Board, Fiji Electricity Authority, Lands Department, Fiji Sugar Corporation, Sugar Cane Growers Council, Sugar Industry Tribunal and the Ministry of Sugar.

Issues relating to these organisations were immediately sorted out with these officials.

Some of the issues resolved were:

  • issues related to the organisation were sorted
  • Issuing of two water tanks to women of Balata in Tavua after they had informed Mr Bainimarama that they had to walk about a kilometre to wash clothes and fetch water from a river.
  • Issuing of a water tank to a small settlement in Ellington after their water pipes from a source had run dry.
  • Issuing of water pumps to some farmers to help them draw water from nearby creeks and streams to irrigate their farms.
  • Resolving legal issues over land disputes and leases which were being handled by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
  • The authorisation to the Commissioner’s Office for the immediate works to rebuild some Irish Crossings which were hampering the transportation of sugarcane.

The Prime Minister’s Office Permanent Secretary Yogesh Karan, who is also part of the entourage, has been inundated with administration issues with FSC and the task has been left with him to sort these issues out with the corporation.

Mr Bainimarama ends his visit today.

Edited by Nemani





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