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Crushing Season To Bring Smiles To North: Rainima

The Fiji Sugar Corporation’s (FSC) Labasa Mill marked the start of the crushing season yesterday. During the opening Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima, said the start of the crushing season would
17 Jun 2021 10:04
Crushing Season To Bring Smiles To North: Rainima
Carts of cane delivered to the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Labasa Sugar Mill on June 16, 2021. Photo: Laisa Lui

The Fiji Sugar Corporation’s (FSC) Labasa Mill marked the start of the crushing season yesterday.

During the opening Commissioner Northern Uraia Rainima, said the start of the crushing season would bring smiles to many people who have sacrificed their lives and wealth to the industry.

Mr Rainima said: “The sugar industry is very important in our economy for it provides employment to thousands of people, may it be FSC workers, farmers, labourers, cane cutters,” Mr Rainima said.

The Fijian Government, he said have been fighting an uphill battle against COVID-19 but they are encouraging farmers to engage in their efforts in maintaining crushing throughout the season.

Mr Rainima said there would be those that would try and stand in the way of progress as it was an illness that everyone has to work together to wipe out from our society.

“As leaders in various sectors and organisations, we have a very important part to play as economic growth is something we would like to encourage and keep promoting in the North.”

Mr Rainima said there are many resources but not much attention was given to it which was the reason for our downfall.

“We must be focussed all the time and listen to the right advice, then only we can progress forward as the sugar industry needs you and you need the sugar industry.”

Despite being hit by two cyclones and currently addressing the COVID pandemic, FSC board director, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere thanked everyone for the tremendous effort in kicking off the crushing season on time.

In giving the blessings of the Vanua, Tui Macuata prayed over God’s guidance to a fruitful crushing season.

Ratu Wiliame said they’re survivors for being able to bend over the two cyclones and deliver a promise to the people.

He added that they have put in a lot of effort in making sure that people’s needs on the ground are met, especially in informing the vulnerable people in ensuring that all the cane are harvested on time and delivered to the mill.

 

Feedback: laisa.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj



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