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Growers hail bid on FNPF

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE Penang and Rarawai Cane Growers Association has welcomed a call for sugar cane farmers to become Fiji National Provident Fund members.

Responding to calls made by Lautoka sugar cane farmers at industry consultations that growers needed to have FNPF deductions made from cane payments, PRCGA chairman Gyan Singh said the move would be of great benefit to all sugar cane farmers in the country.

"We fully support the sentiments put forward by our colleagues in Lautoka in regards to the needs of the farmers," he said.

"We are seriously looking at that option ... at making sure that the needs of the farmers are addressed and our farmers are happy with the idea of the FNPF deduction.

"It's not too late for the deductions for sugar cane farmers and for them to become members of FNPF.

"That can be difficult because the average sugar cane farmer does not have an employer as such."

Mr Singh said the association could position itself as an employer for cane farmers to facilitate FNPF deductions.

"To ensure that farmers benefit from this, our association believes that we can act as an employer," he said.