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Sugar Cane Growers Fund Farmer Consultation

Sugar Cane Growers Fund Farmer Consultation
October 12
10:38 2018

The Sugar Cane Growers Fund team have been visiting sug­arcane farmers around the Northern Division.

Permanent Secretary for Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan accompanied by the Fund’s chief executive officer Raj Sharma to various centers.

Mr Karan conveyed to the farmers that Government is committed in revitalising the industry.

He said his office has approved quite a number of small grants for plants and equipment.

Farmers have requested for assistance for purchase of trucks and harvesters and Mr Karan has advised he would look at the needs subject to availability of funds.

He also advised the farmers of the new farmer grant programme that Government has allocated and encourage potential farmers to apply. On the Fund front, Mr Sharma advised the farmers about new funding facility for mechanical harvesters and other product that Fund is working on to introduce.

He also advised about the bundle insurance that has total coverage of $10,000.

Mr Sharma advised that iTLTB has been working jointly with them for those leases that would expire for renewal and Fund would pay the premiums.

Sugar Cane Growers Council officers also accompanied the teams.

Mr Karan is expected to visit other farmers until Friday.

The Fund and iTaukei Land Trust Board (ITLTB) had a joint sugar consultations in Seaqaqa on Monday, where farmers were consulted on lease renewals.



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