Rewa Rice Invests $136,000 For Power Supply
The Rewa Rice Limited (RRL) has invested $136,000 for connecting Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) for their rice mill at Maunidevo in Dreketi, Vanua Levu.
Rewa Rice Limited mill manager, Ashrit Pratap said since 1970s the mill had been operating through diesel generator.
“The FEA on request has extended its services to Maunidevo area last year,” Mr Pratap said.
“A high voltage line was pulled this year for three phase power for the mill.
The company invested about $75,000 for complete new wiring, $53,000 for FEA transformer and $8,000 for FEA deposit.”
“The rice farmers at Maunidevo and employees at the mill are so happy to see this much awaited project completed,” Mr Pratap said.
“The generator cost was more in terms of diesel usage and the cost of maintaining the generator was high.
“Now the cost of power usage to run the mill is expected to reduce after connecting electricity from FEA.”
Moreover, he said the farmers in the area also got electricity and water supply through Governments rural projects.
“So you see everyone in Maunidevo is happy,” he said.
“This would surely contribute to the improvement and development of rice industry in the North.”
Mr Pratap said additional three projects were in line to be commissioned soon before this year ends.
“Such as the installation of the new mill will commence next month and the opening of this is expected to be in November,” he said.
“The rebranding of Rewa Rice Limited is expected to be done next month and the commissioning of two new electric dryers in December.”
Mr Pratap added RRL is fully committed to take the rice industry to next level.
He said all this investment is possible through Government support and efficient mill and company operations.
EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA