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PM Tells Cane Farmers of ‘Opposition Lies, Big Promises’

Opposition parties who say they would pay $100 per tonne of cane to sugarcane farmers do not have any real strategy for reducing costs for the viability of the industry,
30 Mar 2018 11:01
PM Tells Cane Farmers of ‘Opposition Lies, Big Promises’
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and cane farmers at the handing over of 30 tractors to the Fiji Sugar Corporation on March 29, 2018. PHOTO: DEPTFO

Opposition parties who say they would pay $100 per tonne of cane to sugarcane farmers do not have any real strategy for reducing costs for the viability of the industry, the Prime Minister said yesterday.

“We’ve heard many times before, and I’m sure we will hear more of it in the months ahead, the lies, bold claims and big promises from the Opposition,” Voreqe Bainimarama told farmers during the handing over of 30 tractors to the Fiji Sugar Corporation yesterday.

“They say they’ll give $100 per tonne, but they don’t have any real strategy for bringing down your costs to secure long-term viability for this industry.

“That is because they don’t have a long-term vision.

“They are short-sighted.

“They are only focussed on the next day’s headlines, while my Government is focussed on the big picture.

“I am focussed on your future – a sustainable, resilient and profitable future for Fijian sugar.

“My Government actually walks the talk.

“We are about action and we are about results.”

He said the Government was bringing about certainty and prosperity to the farmers today by putting tools and technology in their hands and securing a sustainable and resilient future for the next generation of cane farmers in Fiji.

“We have put money where it matters for supporting this industry.”

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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