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Cane Belt Damage Assessment To Be Announced Today

Mr Clark said he will also release an update on the damage suffered by the cane belt on the heels of Tropical Cyclone Sarai.
13 Jan 2020 12:12
Cane Belt Damage Assessment To Be Announced Today
The Fiji Sugar Corporation Chief Executive Officer Graham Clark.Photo: Salote Qalubau

Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive officer Graham Clark is expected to make an announcement today about contingency plans the company will take in view of the cyclone season.

Mr Clark said he will also release an update on the damage suffered by the cane belt on the heels of Tropical Cyclone Sarai.

It follows the conclusion of the initial stages of gathering information about the extent of damage farmers faced during TC Sarai.

“The assessments are still underway.

“Stakeholders are busy just gathering information and we are going to be having a meeting to gather all the information,” he said.

It would appear there was no major damage to the crop or infrastructure.

“A lot of the rain we received was good, as it was in a lot of the areas that needed it pretty badly.”

Meanwhile, Sugarcane Growers Fund outgoing chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty said he was pleased with the Government’s support for the industry.

“One year has already been paid and for last year’s and next year’s crop, there’s a guaranteed price of $85 per tonne,” he said.

Mr Chetty said farmers needed to be cautious when taking loans to avoid extra financial burden.

“The Sugarcane Growers Fund has over 7400 growers loan accounts with a value of $27.5 million.”

The Fiji Sugar Corporation crushed a total of 1,806,379 tonnes of sugar cane for 2019.

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