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$4.4 Million Spent On Fiji Cane Lorry Transport Association

Government has already spent $4.4 million helping the transportation of sugar cane by the Fiji Cane Lorry Transport Association since 2009. This was confirmed by Minister for Local Government,Housing and
06 Jun 2016 11:26
$4.4 Million Spent On Fiji Cane Lorry Transport Association
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar.

Government has already spent $4.4 million helping the transportation of sugar cane by the Fiji Cane Lorry Transport Association since 2009.

This was confirmed by Minister for Local Government,Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Friday.

The MOU was between Fiji Cane Lorry Transport Association, Land Transport Authority, Sugar Cane Growers Council, Fiji Sugar Corporation Limited and Sugar Industry Tribunal at Ba Town Council.

The Minister also confirmed that the present Government was the first Government to assist the lorry association in  such a way.

“Truck owners have been assisted from 2009 till this year, this is a huge contribution from the Government to this lorry gang association,” Kumar said.

He further added that the Government would continue to provide such initiatives to farmers and the Lorry Association.

Mr Kumar said the initiative can contribute positively to the sugar industry.

“I hope everyone can work together and let’s have a fruitful harvesting this year.”

 

Significance of MOU

“This MOU is to assist the truck owners on the exemption of road levy and vehicle registration renewal and it will go a long way,” Mr Kumar said.

“Whether it is a farmer or a truck owner, the Government is with the welfare of everyone because at the end of the day the industry should survive.”

The Minister also highlighted there was no need for people to go on strikes like in times past.

“Last year, we saw there were some threats by the lorry association, this is included in the MOU.

He added there was always room for negotiation and talks rather than going on strikes.

Jitendra Singh, the president for the association welcomed the initiative.

“The supply of cane mills will definitely increase and we hope for a better sugar industry in future,”Singh said.

Mukesh Chand, the secretary of the association, also said:“I am happy for the farmers and the lorry drivers and would like to thank the Government for the help.”

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