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PM Gains More Backing

PM Gains More Backing
From left: Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with participants during the Sugar Consultation at the Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council building in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
July 26
09:52 2016

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama continued to gain the backing of sugar cane farmers following three days of consultation in the Western Division.

At Lautoka yesterday positive response was received from 200 cane farmers who gathered at the Sugar Cane Growers’ Council building.

Saweni sector farmer Pyara Singh was a happy man when his issues were acknowledged by the PM.

“This is a grand issue we have and PM hears it and guarantees a solution which was dealt on the spot. That is what is required,” he said.

Jovesa Taliga, a part-time farmer of Naviyago, said such a forum was good for the farmers.

61-year-old Seilala Peckham said: “I am happy for the PM to come down to the people and listen to issues which are relevant to everyday life situations.”

Apenisa Valesu, 62, of Nailaga, Ba said: “The PM has done more than enough for my grandchildren to have free bus fare and others. Now we need him in the sugar issues and he has resolved some and we look forward to the rest to be done in the future.”

Bhayan Singh, 55, said this move by the PM to visit the growers was what had been sought after by the farmers.

“This is what we want to really happen. He is an able leader to be doing this.  He has made a difference with facts and more by informing farmers,” he said.

Pramendra Nath Bharos, 45, said, “It is very encouraging to come down to get first-hand information of this visit.”

The consultation will continue today at Korovuto College in Nadi at 10am and Tuva Sanatan Primary School at 1pm.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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