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Positive Outcome In Talks Between FSC, Cane Growers

The Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive, Graham Clark, has assured Rakiraki cane growers that he will look into ways to assist in the transportation of cane to the Rarawai Mill
25 Mar 2017 10:40
Positive Outcome In Talks Between FSC, Cane Growers
Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive, Graham Clark (left)

The Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive, Graham Clark, has assured Rakiraki cane growers that he will look into ways to assist in the transportation of cane to the Rarawai Mill in Ba.

This is after Government announced that it would be too costly to keep Penang Mill crushing.

Mr Clark and FSC’s chief operating officer, Navin Chandra, yesterday had a constructive meeting with the Rakiraki cane growers and members of the Penang Lorry Association.

Association president, Satish Chand, said the association agreed to stop cane dumping and look at the facilitation of cartage by the Government.

Mr Clark said: “Everybody in that area is a little bit concerned about how cane is going to be transported in the coming season in 2017 when we have indicated that we wanted cane directly to the Rarawai Mill.

“We have agreed to work with them on a number of issues to try and ease their ability to transport cane to Rarawai and including working directly with potential equipment suppliers,” he said.

At the same time, the Lorry Association has expressed the desire to import second-hand equipment. For this Mr Chand has submitted his papers to Mr Clark and has sought duty waiver on the purchase.

“We want to get second hand trucks from Australia and New Zealand to better our transportation and our members have already gone abroad to see these,” Mr Chand said.

Mr Clark said meeting with Lorry Association was nice, open and frank which had opened paths to work together for the coming seasons.

In addition, Mr Chand said: “This is the first time we felt closeness with the FSC and this has brought hope to us and we hope to see them more often and work together.

“So all of those things we are going to take on board; the meeting was very constructive.”

 

Toll free services

Mr Clark enlightened the growers on its new communication strategies and to start off with, a toll free service.

He said the detail of the service would be published this weekend.

 

Petition

Mr Chandra said there was greater closeness between the FSC leaders and growers which they needed and this was encouraging for both sides.

 

Capital projects within the mills

Before the mill starts crushing on June 1, FSC has kept capital to a minimum and the focus is to get done with maintenance of the mills to make sure they’re ready to start up on time, Mr Clark stated.

 

Diversification of products

In order to diversify the products in the industry, Mr Clark said they had to first work to get the industry stable.

 

Edited by Maraia Vula

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