SUNBIZ

Delay In Cane Payment Affects 3000 Farmers

Permanent Secretary for Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan referred all queries to the Sugar Industry Tribunal registrar, Timothy Brown. When contacted yesterday, Mr Brown and Assistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan said to refer to FSC. Sugar Cane Growers Council Vimal Dutt however said concerns had been raised with the FSC and Sugar Industry Tribunal.
01 Jun 2022 10:20
Delay In Cane Payment Affects 3000 Farmers
Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Labasa Mill.

Fiji Sugar Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Bhan Pratap said that the fourth cane payment has been finalised.

All growers would be advised of the details soon.

“FSC should release the amount paid out per tonne and total proceeds of fourth cane payment well before the mill opens so that farmers can carry out the necessary preparation,” said National Farmers Union President, Surendra Lal.

 

“We don’t decide the dates for payment and neither on the mill opening as it is done by the relevant authorities.”

He said when authorities fail to perform their duties as required, it is the farmers who suffer.

“Prices of everything have increased, hence, farmers need time to make arrangements with the money provided at hand,” he said.

 

He said they are expecting $22 per tonne.

Labasa Cane Lorry Tractor Drivers Club president and Fiji Cane Lorry Association Labasa branch Vice President Yusuf Hussein said about 700 drivers were waiting to receive the payment.

“Last year Labasa mill closed early and so farmers don’t have savings now to meet the Land Transport Authority requirements such as vehicle passing and arranging of gangs to harvest and load cane in trucks,” Mr Hussein said.

 

“Payment is already delayed and hence, the cane delivery to the mill is expected to be delayed.”

He said despite the Coronavirus pandemic, last year they received fourth cane payment on time but this year the situation was different.

Permanent Secretary for Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan referred all queries to the Sugar Industry Tribunal registrar, Timothy Brown.

 

When contacted yesterday, Mr Brown and Assistant Minister for Sugar George Vegnathan said to refer to FSC.

Sugar Cane Growers Council Vimal Dutt however said concerns had been raised with the FSC and Sugar Industry Tribunal.

The delay in the fourth cane payment will cripple close to 3,000 sugarcane farmers.

 

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