SUNBIZ

Council Labels Cane Payment Timely

The Sugar Cane Growers Council says the timely fourth cane payment for the past season will enable growers to prepare well for the upcoming cane processing season. On Thursday the
02 Jun 2015 11:41
Council Labels Cane Payment Timely

The Sugar Cane Growers Council says the timely fourth cane payment for the past season will enable growers to prepare well for the upcoming cane processing season.

On Thursday the past week, farmers were paid a premium of nearly $8 per tonne in the fourth cane payment taking the total for the season to $15 per tonne.

Council chief executive, Sundresh Chetty, said the farmers need funds to repair their tractors, cane lorries, pay advance to the cutters and other essential items for their daily needs.

He stressed the farmers are very happy and greatly appreciate the initiative that has been taken by the Government.

“I would like to thank the executive chairman of FSC in particular for the tremendous support towards this initiative,” he said.

“The growers are urged to have faith in the industry and prepare well to ensure another successful season,” Mr Chetty said.

Cane processing will begin at the Labasa Mill on June 17 followed by June 23 at Rarawai Mill, June 30 at Penang Mill and July 1 at Lautoka Mill.

 

Commitment

Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul Khan, said this payment was definitely good for the farmers.

“According to the Master Award, we would only pay them $7 but the Government had already committed to look after the farmers,” he said.

“As part of their commitment, they have topped it up with an additional $8 so the $15 is a good payout for the farmers,” he said.

Mr Chetty said this was another milestone for the sugar industry.

He said the payment will greatly boost the morale of the growers to invest more in their farms.

As the industry is diversifying and investing for more income-generating projects, we need to ensure the production of cane is improved with better yields,” he said.

Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 




Fijisun E-edition
Total Excellium
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper