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FCS Keen To Strengthen Labour Mobility In Sugar Sector

The Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) is prepared to strengthen its work with sugar stakeholders by supplying more labour support for the cane-crushing season. Following the success of the yellow ribbon
14 Aug 2015 12:15
FCS Keen To Strengthen Labour Mobility In Sugar Sector

The Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) is prepared to strengthen its work with sugar stakeholders by supplying more labour support for the cane-crushing season.

Following the success of the yellow ribbon program whereby inmates provide labour for FCS-owned agricultural farms, the FCS has replicated this program in Fiji’s sugar sector by providing supervised labour to sugarcane farms across the country.

FCS Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said that while 200 inmates are currently deployed to sugarcane farms, the FCS is prepared to increase this number should sugar authorities request for an increase.

“We currently have most of our inmates assisting farmers in the North where we have deployed some 100 inmates to assist in the cutting of cane from the farms while another 100 are in the farms in the Western division,” Commissioner Vasu said.

“We have noted as increase in the demand for cane cutters which gives inmates an opportunity to contribute positively to the industry and the Fijian economy.”

Meanwhile, Fiji’s four sugar mills have crushed a total of 625,861 tonnes of cane and produced 72,321 of sugar with projections that the industry will once again meet its target.

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