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Sugar Farmer Training Project Begins Up North

The Farmer Training Programme for sugar cane farmers was launched at a Nabekavu Sugarcane Farm in Labasa yesterday. The programme is funded by the European Union (EU) with four strategic
06 Mar 2015 10:00
Sugar Farmer Training Project Begins Up North
Farmer Training Programme participants yesterday. Photo: MARAIA VULA

The Farmer Training Programme for sugar cane farmers was launched at a Nabekavu Sugarcane Farm in Labasa yesterday.

The programme is funded by the European Union (EU) with four strategic partners that will be monitoring an intense six-week practical programme on the cane field.

EU consultant Philipp Seitz said the programme was initiated to train farmers in three modules.

“I need their support and attendance especially in the activity cycle where they are taught certain new technologies for cane farming,” Mr Seitz said.

“The new methodologies ensures more participation approach and familiarising themselves with the new techniques.

“It will take six weeks and it will involve 20 per cent of farmers who produce sugarcane for the Labasa Mill.”

There are between 900 to 1000 farmers.

About 20 per cent of all farmers from around Labasa will be taking part in this programme where they will be divided into clusters from each sector.

He said it was all about the sugarcane productivity to feed the sugar mill and get it to run at full capacity.

“This service has not been functional for more than a decade now and that’s why the farmers have not kept themselves up to date with the new technologies

“If this had been different then the production would have been satisfactory, the yield production that is a tonne per hectare is far below an average farm can produce.

“This advisory service will increase the tonnes per hectare in the coming years without the advisory service it would not be possible,” he said.

Meanwhile 24 farmers participated in the first field day practical.

“It will take a couple of years to roll it out to all farmers at the moment there are between 20 to 25 per cent involved.

“It would take three to four years to explain it to all farmers.”

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 



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