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$15,000 Grant Agreement To Help Harvest Cane In Unreachable Areas

The signing of the grant agreement of $15,000 between the Ministry of Sugar and Kissun Logistics Limited will allow the harvesting of more cane in unreachable areas.
28 May 2022 12:06
$15,000 Grant Agreement To Help Harvest Cane In Unreachable Areas
From left: Fiji Sugar Corporation CEO, Bhan Singh, Director Sugar, Sanjay Kumar and Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Yogesh Karan after the signing at the Ministry of Sugar office in Lautoka on May 26, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The signing of the grant agreement of $15,000 between the Ministry of Sugar and Kissun Logistics Limited will allow the harvesting of more cane in unreachable areas.

The signing was between the Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Yogesh Karan and the Director Kissun Logistics Limited, Pravinesh Kissun at the Ministry of Sugar office in Lautoka on Thursday.

The grant is being provided for the tractor mounted harvester which would help Mr Kissun harvest cane in the hilly areas around parts of Fiji.

Mr Karan said there were 98 mechanical harvesters in the country which harvested up to 35 per cent of the total cane produced.

He said out of the 98 harvesters, 57 were based in the Western Division and the rest in the Northern Division.

He said the Government had partly funded the harvesters worth $90,000 each and the rest were funded through the corporation that was formed by the farmers.

“Out of the 98 harvesters, 53 per cent are funded by the sugar industry under this Farm Mechanisation Grant and in addition 15 corporatives were also assisted to procure tractors with implements,” said Mr Karan.

“The sum of $4.5million was to assist the 67 corporative under this scheme.

“These mechanical harvesters have addressed the issues but there are areas where even these mechanics couldn’t function and that’s why in the 2018 and 2019 Budget we had allocated $500,000 for anyone that wants to get into the tractor mounted harvesters.

“Kissun Logistics brought a mechanism in Fiji totally on their own cost, tried it out, it required serious modification, it was tested out and it was a success.”

Mr Karan added that the sugar industry expected that through the carriage bins on the machines, a total of 6000 tons of cane would be harvested assisting approximately 50 farmers.

Mr Kissun appreciated the ministry for having faith in him to do the work that farmers around the country depended on.



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