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Karan Warns: Farmers Must Not Be Given Run Around

Sugarcane farmers have been assured that they would no longer need to run after or implore authorities to get their work done. The Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Yogesh Karan strongly
15 Jan 2017 11:00
Karan Warns: Farmers Must Not Be Given Run Around
Farmers in Nawaicoba area sharing their grievances to Permanent Secretary for sugar Yogesh Karan. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni.

Sugarcane farmers have been assured that they would no longer need to run after or implore authorities to get their work done.

The Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Yogesh Karan strongly stressed that all stakeholder institutions give support to farmers when and where needed.

These include the Ministry of Sugar, iTaukei Land Trust Board, Fiji Sugar Corporation, Fiji Sugarcane Growers Council and other stakeholders.

He said farmers running after the institutions was completely unacceptable.

This after it was brought to Mr Karan’s attention that more than 50 farmers of Naiwaicoba in Nadi had been constantly running after TLTB executives in order to get leases renewed that had been due since 2014.

Mr Karan who received complaints in regards to the TLTB officers in Nadi.

He said this would sadden the Prime Minister if he came to know that the officers failed to answer constant calls of the concerned farmers.

A sugarcane farmer and the chair of the Nawaicoba Sugacane Farmers Land Lease Issues, Kuar Singh, said it had been over two years now that they had been running for the renewal of their land leases.

“It is disappointing to see that farmers are not being assisted and this is not acceptable,” Mr Karan said.

“I have had numerous complaints before and farmers had been calling me to tell that how inefficient some of the institutions were,” he added.

Mr Karan highlighted these issues while speaking to stakeholders before the farmers at Mr Singh’s residence in Nawaicoba yesterday.

Mr Karan said: “As you heard Mr Singh had said that when you call, they do not take the call.

“This is very disappointing and absolutely not acceptable,”

“Whether it is a Government Institution or any other stakeholders including TLTB, your role is to provide service to the lease holder who in this case are the farmers,” Mr Karan said.

He told the institutions not to forget that farmers are the most important stakeholders of the Sugar industry.

He reiterated the focus of the Government was on the uplifting of these farmers’ lives and daily source of income.

edited by: farzana nisha

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