SUNBIZ

Farmers Urged To Report The Corrupt And Not To Be Corrupt Themselves

Cane farmers have been asked to refrain from brib­ing cane cutters or Fiji Sug­ar Corporation field staff so that their cane is harvested first and transported to the mill. Minister
29 Jan 2019 11:00
Farmers Urged To Report The Corrupt And Not To Be Corrupt Themselves
Fiji Sugar Corporation CEO, Graham Clark listens to cane farmer Shaireen Hussein during the sugar consultations at Nasau ,Sigatoka on January 28

Cane farmers have been asked to refrain from brib­ing cane cutters or Fiji Sug­ar Corporation field staff so that their cane is harvested first and transported to the mill.

Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Ashneel Sudhakar made this comment following al­legations made by a cane farmer during the development of the National Sugar Industry Policy and Strategies consultation at Nawai, in Sigatoka yesterday.

Farmer, Rajendra Reddy said there were instances where kava was given to train drivers by farmers to pick their rail trucks first.

Mr Sudhakar said there was no evidence in the past where people could be prosecuted.

“But if you see this happen please report it to us or the po­lice,” Mr Sudhakar said.

“Help us by not engaging in cor­rupt practices. Please let us know if you see people doing this.

“If you are into corrupt busi­ness then we cannot help you.”

Meanwhile, there were calls for FSC to install proper posts on rail trucks.

In the past rail trucks had metal post on all corners but this had become expensive to replace.

For years FSC were using timber or tree branches fashioned out to fit the holes on the trucks.

FSC chief operating officer, Navin Chandra said that on many occasions when the rail trucks were out from the mill areas, these wooden posts were stolen.

Farmers present at the meet­ing agreed and said they had to go themselves and cut branches to replace the stolen ones so that their cane could be loaded and taken to the mills.

Mr Chandra said they knew the problem exists and they would see this year what was the best solu­tion for the problem.

Mr Chandra also highlighted to the farmers that last season, 64 percent of cane delivered to the mills were burnt cane.

“This was a 30 per cent rise from the previous year.”

It was highlighted to the farmers on the effects of burnt cane and how it affected Fiji’s potential to sell good clean sugar in the world market.

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