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FSC Venture With Landowners, Aims To Make Use Of Idle Land

The joint venture sug­arcane farming pro­gramme gives a strong message to landowners to use their idle land in order to un­dertake sugarcane farming. This was highlighted by the Fiji Sugar
15 Dec 2018 17:42
FSC Venture With Landowners, Aims To Make Use Of Idle Land
Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive officer Graham Clark (front-second-left), FSC chief operating officer Navin Chandra (front-right) with FSC staff members and landowners in Nasarawaqa, Bua on December 14, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

The joint venture sug­arcane farming pro­gramme gives a strong message to landowners to use their idle land in order to un­dertake sugarcane farming.

This was highlighted by the Fiji Sugar Corporation chief operating officer, Navin Chan­dra, during the team’s visit to Nasarawaqa, Bua, yesterday.

“Our aim is to look at these large pieces of land and devel­op it for sugarcane farming,” he said.

He also said working collabo­ratively with landowners was essential because it would lead to progressive growth and de­velopment.

“This is a very good thing for the country as we are all work­ing together to better utilise our resources,” said Mr Chan­dra.

“The landowners are coming out now with lots of interests into this joint venture pro­gramme.”

FSC, in launching its five-year strategic plan in 2017, had committed to developing 12,000 acres of large scale farming.

“This will be through increas­ing land under FSC manage­ment as part of FSC’s estate development as well as pro­moting large scale joint ven­ture farming,” Mr Chandra said.

“A successful joint venture programme exists in Nagigi, Labasa, which currently pro­duces 6000 tonnes of cane.

Under the joint venture pro­gramme, FSC is involved in readying, plantation and har­vesting the cane with 70 per cent of profit being retained by landowners and remainder towards FSC.

Mr Chandra said mechani­cal planting and harvesting of cane would be undertaken in the Bua area.

He also said looking outside the box was imperative if we were to secure a better Fiji.

He said although Bua was 70 kilometres away from the La­basa Mill, distance and trans­portation of cane should not be a problem.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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