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Rewa Rice To Supply FSC Farmers

Rewa Rice To Supply FSC Farmers
Fiji Rice Limited mill manager Ashrit Pratap in Labasa on March 26. Photo:Shratika Naidu
April 01
12:21 2018

Fiji Rice Limited – formerly known as Rewa Rice Fiji – will resume with the supply of rice to farmers of the Fiji Sugar Corporation after two decades.

This was confirmed by the company’s mill manager Ashrit Pratap.

“We had discussions with South Pacific Fertilisers who conveyed the idea of our company supplying to FSC,” Mr Pratap said.

“This season we are supplying to Vanua Levu farmers and hope to supply whole of Fiji in coming years.

“FSC wants 196.9 tonnes for March/April supply and same amount later in the year and will start with the delivery soon,” he said.

He said the company used to supply imported rice to FSC farmers in the past but stopped because the production of local rice dropped and the mill shifted to Dreketi from Nausori.

When questioned whether the company was in a position to meet FSC’s demand, Mr Pratap said it all depended on the production.

“We are not able to meet the entire demand of FSC but with the focus on self sufficiency in terms of rice, we hope to achieve this in few years time,” he said.”

Payments will be made through a recovery basis, expected to be made in May and July.

This partnership will bring benefit to FSC as we will be supplying at cheaper price compared to last year. Farmers will save around 16 cents per kilogram.”

Mr Pratap said it was a good time for farmers to venture into rice farming.

“With Government’s subsidies on machinery, weedicide and fertilisers, I urge all farmers to choose rice farming,” Mr Pratap added.

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