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Viti Levu cane farmers for Fairtrade audit

By LITIA MATHEWSELL Fairtrade labelling for Viti Levu cane farmers is progressing well with the final registration soon to be held. Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) executive chairman, Abdul Khan, said
22 Oct 2012 10:18

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

Fairtrade labelling for Viti Levu cane farmers is progressing well with the final registration soon to be held.
Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) executive chairman, Abdul Khan, said all Viti Levu farmers are expected to benefit from Fairtrade certification.
On the requirements for Fairtrade certification, Mr Khan said it was basically finalising the recommendations given by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) after the auditing process and final registration and certification.
The auditing process by FLO included inspections and an environmental audit of sugar cane plantations and the application of fertiliser and other chemicals in sugar production to ensure they complied with FLO standards.
A global movement to alleviate poverty amongst marginalised producers and developing countries, Fairtrade certification promises higher payment prices to exporters for commodities such as sugar, coca and coffee.
Once certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation, Viti Levu farmers will join their Vanua Levu counterparts in receiving various Fairtrade benefits.
These include protection against plummeting market prices, Fairtrade premiums equivalent to US$60 per tonne of sugar and additional funds for community development projects.




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