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Labasa Cane Farmers invest in Cane Harvester

Some sugarcane farmers of Vu­nicuicui, Labasa, have made a great investment after buying a cane harvester from India. The 29 farmers of Vunicuicui Cane Co-operative contributed $3500 each and then
30 May 2018 11:00
Labasa Cane Farmers invest in Cane Harvester
Vunicuicui Cane Cooperative member and Advisory Councillor of Korotari and Vunimoli Satish Chand (fifth from the left) with farmers at Vunicuicui in Labasa on May 28,2018. Photo:Supplied

Some sugarcane farmers of Vu­nicuicui, Labasa, have made a great investment after buying a cane harvester from India.

The 29 farmers of Vunicuicui Cane Co-operative contributed $3500 each and then they collec­tively took a loan to buy the har­vester which cost approximately $430,000

Vunicuicui Cane Co-operative member and Advisory Councillor of Korotari and Vunimoli Satish Chand said: “Over the weekend we received the machine through shipment and then three techni­cians from India assembled it.

“The farmers were so joyful that they prepared a feast and tradi­tional drink to show how happy they were.

“As this year harvesting season will begin in June 18, the farmers will no longer use cane knives in­stead use this useful harvester,” he added.

“Also farmers will not need to em­ploy more labourers.

The machine has the capacity to harvest ten tonnes of cane in half-an-hour and load it onto the truck.

The farmer, he said, will only have to transport it to the Mill.

“On behalf of the members I would like to thank the Prime Minister who is also the Minister for Sugar and other relevant stake­holders for making this initiative where farmers can be assisted with harvesters to overcome a lot of challenges in life.”

The co-operative was formed last year in October.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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