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Association Prepares For Harvesting Season

Labasa Cane Lorry Association President. Mohammed Janab said lorry and tractor drivers in Vanua Levu had begun preparations for the 2022 crushing season. This is after the Sugar Industry Tribunal announced the opening of Labasa mill for June 8.
11 May 2022 22:10
Association Prepares For Harvesting Season
Cane Trucks at Labasa sugar mill. Photo: From File.

Labasa Cane Lorry Association President, Mohammed Janab said lorry and tractor drivers in Vanua Levu had begun preparations for the 2022 crushing season.

This is after the Sugar Industry Tribunal announced the opening of Labasa mill for June 8.

Mr Janab said many drivers had met him and explained the challenges they were facing.

 

“Firstly, the constant increase of diesel price was unbearable,” Mr Janab said.

“We all understand that it is affected by the Russia and Ukraine war but there needs to be a solution so that drivers can survive.”

Moreover, he explained the price of vehicle parts had also increased and directly impacting the cost of repair.

 

He said there were about 400 lorry drivers and 300 tractor drivers.

“Above all the usual poor road conditions in various partsof Vanua Levu which we have raised numerous times,” he said.

“We need to understand if the working environment is good, delivery of cane to the mill will be done as scheduled.”

 

He said he has been the president for 25 years and described this year as the most challenging one.

Meanwhile, Vanua Levu Cane Harvesters’ Association president Aiyub Khan said they were also in talks for the possibility to increase the payment of harvestedsugarcane per tonnage.

 

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