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Sugarcane Fires Not a Joke: Chetty

Despite the numerous warnings to stop cane fires from the Fiji Police Force, a number of cane fires are still being reported. This is now an ongoing issue which is
21 Aug 2014 19:09

Despite the numerous warnings to stop cane fires from the Fiji Police Force, a number of cane fires are still being reported.

This is now an ongoing issue which is a loss to the farmers and the industry said Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive SundreshChetty.

“We have seen an increase in intentional and indiscriminate cane fires in the Lautoka sugar cane belt area,’’ Mr Chetty said.

“This is not only a loss to the growers but also leads to a decrease in the revenue generated.

Hardship

“Growers face more hardship and income lost if they fail to deliver burnt sugar cane to the mill within seven days.

“The council is urging the growers and the general public to refrain from setting cane fires during the prevailing dry season. Approximately 200,000 Fijians livelihoods are dependent on the sugar industry.”

Meanwhile, the council is working closely with police on the Anti Burnt Cane Campaign.

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