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It’s A Sugar Rush

Farmers in the Northern were Division counting down the hours as they rushed to the mill yesterday to deliver their cane. Ravi Prasad of Coqeloa said he had heard on
09 Oct 2014 00:34
It’s A Sugar Rush
From left- Summet Tappoo, Dr. Krupali Tappoo with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during Sai Sanjeevani medical centre 4th year anniversary on September 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Farmers in the Northern were Division counting down the hours as they rushed to the mill yesterday to deliver their cane.

Ravi Prasad of Coqeloa said he had heard on the radio that the mill would close this Sunday.

“Everyone is rushing to meet that deadline because it is just rumours and we have never been informed,” Mr Prasad said.

“Some farmers are having difficulty finding trucks to transport their harvest to the mills. Others don’t have the labour or enough equipment for the work.

“It’s unfortunate because a lot of them have a lot of sugar cane left to harvest but there is not enough time given to them.”

Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa mill general manager, Karia Christopher, confirmed that they had put messages via the media but clarified that the mill would close on Saturday, not Sunday. He said whatever was left at the mill would be crushed on Sunday.

Mr Prasad said he was trying his best to harvest his sugar cane before the mill is closed.

“I have 30 tonnes of sugarcane left to be brought into the mill,” the 44-year-old said.

“We’re really trying to ensure that all the gangs in our area are harvesting all their sugar cane before the mill closes.”

However, he said some of these farmers facing difficulties were being helped by other farmers who were almost finished with their own harvest.

“Labourers from these farms moved on to other farms to assist farmers and labourers with harvesting,” he said.

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