Lies, bold claims and big promises

LIES, bold claims and big promises from the Opposition will not sustain the sugar industry or the 200,000 people, who depend on it for their survival, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

“They say they’ll give $100 per tonne, but they don’t have any real strategy for bringing down your costs to secure long-term viability for this industry,” he said while speaking to about 500 growers in Lautoka yesterday.

“That is because they don’t have a long-term vision.

“They are short-sighted. They are only ever focused on the next day’s headlines, while my Government is focused on the big picture.

“I am focused on your future — a sustainable, resilient and profitable future for Fijian sugar.

“My government actually walks the talk.

“We are about action and we are about results.

“We are about bringing certainty and prosperity to our farmers today by putting tools and technology in the hands of our farmers, and securing a sustainable and resilient future for the next generation of canefarmers in Fiji.”

Mr Bainimarama added that a clear indication of his Government’s support to the industry was the allocation of $60 million in the 2017-2018 budget.

The PM was in Lautoka to hand over 30 Mahindra tractors and farming implements worth $2.8m to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.