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11 Cage Bins Piloted For Use In Labasa

“We introduced cage bins for the first time in Labasa and will see how successful it is as it could be the way forward that will help us maintain the farms, so there will be less damage to the field as the trucks go inside,” Mr Nathan said.
22 Jun 2020 13:04
11 Cage Bins Piloted For Use In Labasa
Cage bins piloted in Nubu, Wainikoro in the Northern Division on June 18,2020.. Photo: Fiji Sugar Coporation

Eleven cage bins have been piloted in Nubu, Labasa.

Assistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan, said they piloted the use of cage bins on Thursday as it has many benefits.

But they also need to identify some teething problems.

“We introduced cage bins for the first time in Labasa and will see how successful it is as it could be the way forward that will help us maintain the farms, so there will be less damage to the field as the trucks go inside,” Mr Nathan said.

“We can use the cage bins especially for areas with damp conditions, these bins can be taken inside and loaded and then if it works, then more bins will be coming soon.”

Fee challenges

Agriculture Manager North, Rajinesh Narayan, said that there were some problems faced by the farmers of Nubu. That was the reason for selecting the area to pilot the cage bins.

“A few challenges faced by the growers were transportation and the costs for carting the cane to the mill and currently there are no labourers to fill the trial trucks and machines to harvest the cane.

“However, with the cage bins it has many benefits, such as maintaining the conditions of the field, less damage to the road and reducing transportation costs,”Mr Narayan said.

The first cage bins were set up in the West in 2016.

Meet Shaan Ali

Meanwhile, Mr Vegnathan visited a new cane farmer, Shaan Ali, with 85 acres of cane farm.

“We appreciate those that take the initiative to start something themselves instead of waiting for the government’s assistance,” Mr Vegnathan said.

“Maybe we will come in one we see the fruits of their commitment and hard work

“The Ministry of Sugar has a big push from our visionary leader, the Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar, who is really behind the farmers just to see that the production will go up.

“The 85 acres of cane farm is expected to harvest more than 2000 tonnes of cane.

“The Ministry as a whole appreciates the efforts by people like Shaan Ali.”

Assistant Minister for Sugar, George Vegnathan fist pump with a new cane farmer in Seaqaqa Shaan Ali while visiting his 85 acres of cane on June 19, 2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Assistant Minister for Sugar, George Vegnathan fist pump with a new cane farmer in Seaqaqa Shaan Ali while visiting his 85 acres of cane on June 19, 2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Mr Ali should be an inspiration to other farmers, that they can do a lot especially at this time.

“We rely on farmers like this and initiatives from our people to push the economy forward,” he said.

Mr Vegnathan acknowledged the efforts of the cane farmers.

Utilising idle land for cane farming

Meanwhile, Mr Ali the owner of the 85 acres of cane farm in Kawakawa- Vesi in Seaqaqa said he saw the land was idle for 7 years before he utilised it into a cane farm.

The father of five is anticipating the purchasing of a harvester to harvest the cane in August.

Mr Ali had been working as labourer with his wife for over two years.

At times he would cut 10 tonnes of cane and load it all by himself.

That sacrifice pushed him to own a cane farm.

With the assistance from Fiji Sugar Corporation, his three trucks will cart the canes to the Labasa Mill.

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