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Vanuatu Cane Cutters Dedicated And Committed Says Farmer

Filipe Turaga, who has a 14-acre farm at Balevuto in the interior of Ba, said the commitment to work shown by the Vanuatu labourers was a lesson to the local people.
22 Nov 2019 13:33
Vanuatu Cane Cutters Dedicated And Committed Says Farmer
Vanuatu nationals cutting sugar cane at Balevuto in the interior of Ba on November 20, 2019.

 

A former sugar mill chief engineer turned cane farmer has hailed the work of the 19 Vanuatu nationals brought in for the harvesting of sugar cane.

Filipe Turaga, who has a 14-acre farm at Balevuto in the interior of Ba, said the commitment to work shown by the Vanuatu labourers was a lesson to the local people.

“They are very good, dedicated and committed.”

Mr Turaga said the workers have devotions every evening and morning and never complained of anything.

On Wednesday, the workers harvested close to 30 tonnes of cane from his farm, which was two truckloads.

“They work throughout the morning and in the afternoon as well.”

Yesterday, because of the unavailability of trucks on Wednesday, the workers spent the morning loading two trucks for transportation to the Rarawai Mill.

Cane farmer

Dharmendra Kumar, also a cane farmer of Balevuto, said the Vanuatu nationals were hard-working and this was seen during their three weeks of being in Fiji.

“When they go out to cut cane, they just keep working.”

Next year, 120 more Vanuatu nationals have confirmed they wanted to be employed in the sugar cane fields.

There Government hopes they could stay and also assist in the planting season and through to the harvesting season next year.

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