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Cane Harvest Machine Now In Ba

Anil Chandra Lal, a cane farmer of Navau, Ba is ecstatic. He has toiled his 10 acre freedhold land over the past 30 years. The sugar cane harvesting machine for
20 Jun 2015 08:51
Cane Harvest Machine Now In Ba

Anil Chandra Lal, a cane farmer of Navau, Ba is ecstatic.
He has toiled his 10 acre freedhold land over the past 30 years. The sugar cane harvesting machine for his group will soon be using will change his life.
“I have 10 acres of freehold land with cane planted on it and nearing the harvesting season this year looks more fruitful.
“With this new machine, he plans to harvest more cane faster.
He said: “It is getting difficult to look for labour now days as many have become disheartened with the insecurity they have faced with their land.
“That is why they moved away from cane farming, while others experienced a low profit level with cane industry,” he said.
The new sugar cane harvesting machine for the Sarava Navau Cane Harvesters has been made possible through a loan from the Fiji Development Bank and a grant from Fair Trade Limited.
The new machine ‘Case III’ is manufactured in India.
Worth over $380,000 this machine is said to harvest 100-150 tonnes of cane per day operated by one worked..
For the time being, the machine will be operated by a hired labour from Chennai in India who will be paid around $800 a month for the task.
“The machine is here, we have assembled it and done a test drive and it has been checked by a technician.
“Other farmers should also engage into this sort of the harvesting as it will only cost other farmers $28 per tonne for harvest and cartage, Mr Lal said.
Others who invested in the machine are Vimlesh Lal, Sarojni Devi Lal, Nalin Nilesh Narayan, Avinesh Deo Lal, Deo Narayan and Mohidhin Purayal.
Ajit Kumar Lal was the key person who took a trip to India to inspect the machine, meet the operator and the supplier.
“Many growers have consulted with us to harvest and we are thankful to them as this is a very viable machine.
“We thank the sugar tribunal for facilitating us farmers on the mechanical aspects of the farming and harvesting.
“We are expecting a good harvest this season as this machine is very profitable as it will overcome the shortage of labours.
“After the Bainimarama Government got into power, things in the area of land and sugar has changed and we are thankful to that,” he concluded,” Mr Lal said.

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