5300 to receive farm record books

ABOUT 5300 sugarcane farmers in Sigatoka, Nadi and Lautoka will receive farm record books next month.

The initiative by the Lautoka Cane Producers Association marks a huge step by the growers representative body in its bid to take cane farming into the modern era.

Association president Parbindar Singh said the farm record books would be handed out on April 5 when the organisation holds its annual general meeting in Lautoka.

“This farm record book will revolutionise the way growers farm cane,” he said.

“For the first time, they will record the amount of money spent on clearing land, tilling, adding fertiliser, seed cane, weedicide and every other expenses used in growing, cultivating, harvesting and transporting cane.

“This means that there will be no more guess-work because the facts and figures will be right there in front of them.

“This also means that their children and family members will also know how much each acre of land or tonne of cane has cost them and measure this against what they receive as payment.”

Mr Singh said the Lautoka Cane Producers Association spent about $15,000 in formulating and printing the farm record books.