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Transloading Facility Proposed In Seaqaqa

Plans are underway to setup a transloading facility for the sugarcane farmers of Seaqaqa. This facility would be a means of transfering cane from one mode of transportation to another.
23 May 2015 08:28
Transloading Facility Proposed In Seaqaqa

Plans are underway to setup a transloading facility for the sugarcane farmers of Seaqaqa.

This facility would be a means of transfering cane from one mode of transportation to another.

For example, farmer could bring cane there in smaller trucks for weighing. Then it would be shipped to the mill in Labasa in bulk on bigger transport.

Sugar Cane Growers Council senior executive officer, Rajendra Prasad, highlighted this during the Committee for Better Utilisation of Lands (CBUL) divisional taskforce meeting.

The meeting chaired by Commissioner Northern Division, Jovesa Vocea,  was attended by the CBUL members and industry stakeholders at the Commissioner Northern’s conference room at Macuata House this week.

The establishment of a transloader at an area in Seaqaqa would solve the high transportation cost charged for those that are farming in the Seaqaqa area.

There are about 700 sugarcane farmers in Seaqaqa and around 10 acres of land is need for the project area.

“Because of the financial problems now the European Union has indicated they will give some funds for this project,” Mr Prasad said.

“At the moment we are identifying a location in Seaqaqa so that works can begin on the land survey whether there is availability of electricity and water at the area.

“Within this season the plans will be finalised and we are trying to secure the land opposite Seaqaqa Muslim Primary School.

“We have found that farmers in Seaqaqa have been paying very high charges for carting sugarcane from there to the Labasa mill.

“The industry leaders have looked at a trans-loading station in Seaqaqa which really means that people from there will get their canes in a smaller truck to the station.

“From the station the cane will be weighed container will be placed at a designated area in Seaqaqa and a bigger truck will hook it up and bring it to the mill.”

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 



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