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Nasolo farmers get power – 70 years later

By SHEIK DEAN Farmers of Nasolo Settlement in Ba, who have been without electricity for over 70 years, will soon have electricity in their homes. The Nasolo Electricity Committee spokesperson,
07 Mar 2014 14:30

By SHEIK DEAN

Farmers of Nasolo Settlement in Ba, who have been without electricity for over 70 years, will soon have electricity in their homes.
The Nasolo Electricity Committee spokesperson, Gyan Chand, said over 60 residents with sugar cane farming backgrounds would benefit from this project.
“We have been without electricity for over 70 years now and we thank the Bainimarama Government for helping us with the project,’’ Mr Chand said.
The project, which has been funded by the Government with contributions from the residents and the Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association, is expected to start soon.
“The Government has funded the project with $37,000 and contributions from the association of $2665 and $265 from the residents.
“Our children will soon face no difficulties in their study at night. We thank our sector delegates for their support,’’ Mr Chand said.
Association executive manager Sanjina Narain, said under the association’s community projects, farmers in the various sectors are supported to improve their standards of living.
“Projects are funded from the premiums granted by Fairtrade Organisation with almost $20,000 set aside for each of the 14 sectors,’’ Ms Narain.
She said the association had undertaken 70 projects out of which 50 had been completed.
“We hope to complete the remaining 20 projects by the end of March this year.” “Under this community project scheme, areas like Tamatama in Naloto Sector, Wairda Valley in Nanuku Sector and Nadhari and Nabia in Varavu sector are set to benefit from the Fairtrade premium monies.
Farmers in Nasolo Settlement produce around 1800 tonnes of cane annually.




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