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Bills Brought Highest Submissions

  There has been an increase in interest, especially by cane farmers and organisations, in regards to the consultations on the Reform of Sugar Cane Industry Bill, 2016 (Bill No.
30 Jun 2016 12:36
Bills Brought Highest Submissions
The Standing Committee on Economic Affairs listen to submissions at yesterday’s consultations in Rakiraki. (From right) Prem Singh, Viliame Gavoka, Lorna Eden (chairperson), Vijay Nath and Brij Lal. Photo: Charles Chambers

 

There has been an increase in interest, especially by cane farmers and organisations, in regards to the consultations on the Reform of Sugar Cane Industry Bill, 2016 (Bill No. 19 of 2016) and the Sugar Cane Growers Fund (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Bill No. 20 of 2016).

Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs conducting the consultations, Member of Parliament Lorna Eden said they had already received more than 100 submissions.

She said this was the highest number of submissions on any Bill brought before the Committee.

“The other Bills usually attract 10 to 20 submissions but this is the highest so far.

“This indicates there is a lot of interest in these Bills.

“We know that and the Government knows it too,” Mrs Eden said.

She said a large portion of the population was affected by these two Bills and these are people within the sugar industry.

“That is why there is a lot of interest in these Bills.”

The committee held consultations in Rakiraki yesterday morning and moved to Tavua in the afternoon.

They have consultations in Ba and Lautoka today and round up their sessions in Nadi and Sigatoka tomorrow.

Yesterday over 50 people, mainly farmers attended the consultations in Rakiraki.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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