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Education for canegrowers

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, February 22, 2013

EXISTING canegrowers and new sugarcane farmers keen to learn better farming methods have an opportunity to take classes in better husbandry when the Fiji Sugar Corporation begins extension service education programs next month.

This was revealed at a sugarcane growers consultation held in Drasa near Lautoka on Wednesday.

Tate and Lyle consultant Dan Boodhna said industry stakeholders had formulated a strategy to ensure that new farmers entering the industry would be assisted on best farming practice.

"We have now established an extension service program and young farmers or new farmers entering the industry will be able to attend classes and learn best farming practice. This will begin next month and we encourage all new growers to attend," Mr Boodhna said.

New farmers who recently started sugarcane farming had expressed a desire to learn how best to farm sugar cane during industry stakeholders consultations with growers that began last week in the Western Division.

Mr Boodhna said it was also important for existing growers to make known their interest in learning new farming methods as well.

"It is very important that growers understand the best method for preparing land, adding fertiliser and planting cane. And it is also of vital importance that they learn about the different varieties of cane that we have available and are encouraging them to plant," he said.