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A-G Clarifies Cane Payment

Labour’s Chaudhry, NFP’s Prasad failed to understand
22 Jul 2020 15:13
A-G Clarifies Cane Payment
The first load of sugar cane is tipped at the Rarawai Mill in Ba on June 23

Cane farmers will be paid their full $85 per tonne, which will be paid out at the end of the cane crushing season.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made this clarification after politicians such as Fiji Labour Party’s Mahendra Chaudhry and National Federation Party’s Biman Prasad failed to understand how the payment works. Government had guaranteed that for three years, they would pay cane growers a guaranteed $85 per tonne.

The first two years’ payment was based entirely on this.

The final year payment will also see the cane growers receiving the entire payment of $85. The payment which falls in this financial year will be catered from the $30 million allocated in this budget.

The remainder of final payment which is due in October will fall in the following financial year which is 2021-2022.

Government has reiterated that payment of $85 per tonne will be made, as promised.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it is shocking that a person like Mr Chaudhry, who has served in Government as a Finance Minister himself, was unable to understand this simple payment system.

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