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Farmer queries closure

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

THE planned early closure of the copra mill in Savusavu this week for maintenance has not gone down well with some copra farmers.

An interview with a copra farmer revealed how disappointed they were over the short notice given.

Farmer Deo Chand said he was only informed of the closure yesterday.

"They should have told us at least two weeks before the closure so we can get rid of our stock and sell it to the mill," he said.

"The mill usually closes on Christmas week and has been like that for the past years, so the farmers know when to get all their copra dried for the mill.

"But this year, they just called me today to inform me of the closure and it is too late."

Mr Chand said his copra that had yet to be dried was worth $100.

"That's the raw ones only and it's such a waste," he said.

Copra Millers Ltd chairman Ilisoni Taoba said the early closure was for maintenance reasons.

"It will be closed for a month during this maintenance period and the farmers were informed through the media," he said.

The mill closes on Friday.


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