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Sugar Cane Growers Fund, TLTB In Joint Meeting With Farmers

The Sugar Cane Growers Fund (SCGF) and iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) held a joint sugar consulta­tions in Seaqaqa yesterday. Fund chief executive officer Raj Sharma thanked TLTB general manager
10 Oct 2018 11:44
Sugar Cane Growers Fund, TLTB In Joint Meeting With Farmers

The Sugar Cane Growers Fund (SCGF) and iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) held a joint sugar consulta­tions in Seaqaqa yesterday.

Fund chief executive officer Raj Sharma thanked TLTB general manager Tevita Ku­ruvakadua and his team in Labasa for such joint initiatives for the sugarcane farmers.

The team visited three sugarcane belt ar­eas in Seaqaqa, Macuata where farmers were consulted on lease renewals.

Farmers were informed by TLTB staff that they had the option to get leases renewed ei­ther for 30 or 50 years on the expiry of leas­es in the next five to seven years. They even have an option to surrender the lease now.

The farmers also had the opportunity to seek clarification and learn about the pro­cess of lease renewal.

SCGF will come out to assist and fund those farmers who have good production and meet loan guidelines for lease renew­als.

Mr Sharma advised that those farmers who have loans with the Fund or other fi­nanciers, could surrender the lease and opt for new leases.

He further advised an extension of leases, which meant flexible loan terms for farmers.

He thanked the Sugar Cane Growers Council team, his staff and the farmers who gathered at three centres.

He also thanked the school managements who allowed them to have their meetings.

Fund Management will be joined by Per­manent Secretary for Sugar Industry Yo­gesh Karan to visit various cane belt areas in Labasa this week.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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