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Sugarcane Body Meet Turns Into Political Rally

Sugarcane Body Meet Turns Into Political Rally
National Federation Party NFP leader Biman Prasad and NFP party Member of the Parliament Prem Singh in Rakiraki on April 8, 2017. Photo: Shahani Mala
April 09
11:00 2017

What was expected to be a Fiji Cane Growers Council Association (FCGA) meeting in Rakiraki yesterday, seemed to be more of a political rally by the National Federation Party.

Party Leader Biman Prasad officiated the meeting at the George Shiu Raj building.

He informed around 100 people that the first thing the National Federation Party would do if they won the 2018 General Election would be to build a new sugar mill for the Rakiraki sugarcane farmers.

Farmers were encouraged to sign a petition on the minimum guaranteed sugarcane price which is expected to be tabled in the next Parliament sitting.

The meeting was organised by association. It was originally organised for the cane farmers to raise their concerns after the closure of the Penang Mill and for the association to find solutions.

Only five farmers raised their concerns while the rest of the farmers waited to hear more from the NFP.

The farmers raised their concerns for the Fijian Government to consider reopening the Penang Mill and to look into the transportation of sugarcanes issues.

The farmers were from the Malau, Nanuku, Ellington One and Two sectors.

The farmers have formed a committee for the Rakiraki sugarcane farmers which would highlight the farmers problems and take their concerns to FCGA and NFP.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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