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Sugar Industry Child Labour Awareness Workshop

The Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association has called on farmers and stakeholders to address the issue of child labour in the sugar industry. The association has teamed with the Ministry
10 Sep 2014 09:25

The Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association has called on farmers and stakeholders to address the issue of child labour in the sugar industry.

The association has teamed with the Ministry of Labour to host a workshop at the association’s training room in Ba today.

Association executive manager, Sanjina Narain, said the awareness workshop is aimed at the 14 sectors from Ba to Rakiraki.

“This workshop is about educating farmers on the effect of child labour and the requirements set out by the Fair Trade Organisation and the Government,’’ Ms Narain said.

“Two representatives from each of the 14 sectors have been invited.”

The Ministry of Labour has so far trained 347 teachers from the 197 rural agriculture-based schools.

Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive Sundresh Chetty said it’s important for such awareness.

“Children rightfully belong at schools to gain education for a bright future,’’ Mr Chetty said.

He said parents should take advantage of the free education scheme offered to all the students by the Bainimarama Government.

The Ministry had implemented an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO_ standard child labour inspection and withdrawal process in all the districts around Fiji.

Meanwhile, the Rarawai Mill in Ba is expected to resume crushing today following a 20-hour shutdown to activate a portion of the mill that had been by-passed to be brought back online.

This will help improve sugar make at the mill and efficiency.

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