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Payment To Ease Farmers’ Burdens: PM

Payment To Ease Farmers’ Burdens: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a briefing by at the National Disaster Management Office in Suva on April 12, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua
April 13
12:33 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama has announced the final special cane payment of $4 million to assist sugarcane farmers as part of the TC Winston Relief Payment as allocated in the 2017-2018 National Budget.

A Ministry of Information state­ment said yesterday nearly 10,000 sugarcane farmers would benefit from this special cane payment.

After careful reassessment of the payout, the formula determined that roughly 15 per cent of growers had benefited from the full maxi­mum payment.

Thousands more growers will be receiving either full or partial pay­ments to finalise Government’s payout process, the ministry said.

As a result of this special pay­ment, all sugarcane farmers in Fiji will have received equitable and direct financial assistance to go to­wards the repayment of loans and other costs associated with cane growing, the statement said.

The statement quoted the Prime Minister as saying: “This special cane payment to farmers every­where in Fiji will go a long way in lowering the financial bur­dens on our farmers, and it is further proof of my Govern­ment’s com­mitment to reduc­ing the cost base for our cane growers.

“This industry has a come a long way since the severe devas­tation of Cyclone Winston. This turnaround is not only thanks to my Government’s continuous re­lief assistance, but also to our new and innovative ways to support and advance the industry, and of course, the heart and sweat of Fi­jian sugarcane farmers.

“While we’ve made great progress together, our work will continue as we make this industry a model to the world; a resilient, modern and competitive sugar industry that will support Fijians for generations to come.”



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