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$217k Cane Harvester For Varoko Cane Co-operative

“In 2017, Varoko Cane Co-operatives was the first batch that received grant assistance of $90,000 to meet deposit to loan to Fiji Development Bank to procure the harvester."
10 Aug 2021 11:00
$217k Cane Harvester For Varoko Cane Co-operative
The new cane harvester procured by Varoko Cane Co-operative in Ba on August 6, 2021.

A new cane harvester worth $271,000 has been procured by Varoko Cane Co-operative in Ba.

This was revealed by Ministry of Sugar, Director operations, Sanjay Kumar.

Mr Kumar said the 11 member co-operative was assisted by the Ministry of Sugar with the start off, and the co-operative then procured the harvester on their own.

“In 2017, Varoko Cane Co-operatives was the first batch that received grant assistance of $90,000 to meet deposit to loan to Fiji Development Bank to procure the harvester.

“Ministry noted that in 2017 Varoko Cooperative harvested only 2873 tonnes of cane and then increased its harvesting to 12,607 tons in the 2020 harvesting season,” he said.

Mr Kumar said harvesters were funded by Ministry of Sugar through the farm mechanisation grant.

“In 2021 harvesting season, total of 50 Government funded harvesters will be in operations,” he said.

“This year Government has allocated total of $72 million to Ministry of Sugar where growers will continue to receive their $85 per tons of cane through stabilisation fund budget.

“And other programmes such as cane planting grant, fertiliser subsidy, weedicides subsidy, cane access roads, new farmers assistance, and cane cartage from Penang to Rarawai. For stabilisation fund, total of $46.98 million is allocated where $22,920,584 is used to meet the $13.25 per tonne for 2020 crops and balance of $24,063,750 will be used to meet the difference between the forecasted price and guaranteed price till fourth cane payment,” he said.

Mr Kumar has urged farmers to get vaccinated to support the industry.

“Amidst the pandemic, the Government is doing its part, therefore I urge all the farmers, cooperatives and stakeholders to do their part and increase our cane production.”

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