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New payment system

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SUGARCANE farmers will soon be paid according to the content of sugar extracted from their sugar cane in contrast to the present practice of payment as per tonnage of cane produced.

Sugar Industry Tribunal Commissioner Timothy Brown is touring the north with the sugar industry stakeholders to inform farmers of the changes that would be implemented soon in a bid to revive the sugar industry.

Mr Brown said the past practice where farmers were usually paid according to the tonnage of cane they produced would change this year.

He said farmers would now be paid by the amount of sugar processed from the cane they delivered.

"We have purchased the Near Infrared (NIR) system of analysing sugar levels through infrared which is currently being implemented in all mills around the country," said Mr Brown.

"We were allocated $4.4million by government for the purchase of these equipment and they will be used in determining sugar contents in sugarcane sent to the mill by farmers.

"We have set-up a cane quality committee that will look into the quality of sugar level produced in sugar cane dispatched to our mills."

Mr Brown said the committee would sit independently from the growers and the cane gangs association.

"They will work with independent labs within the mills in monitoring the quality of sugar level that we get out of our cane," he said.

He said they needed the input of all stakeholders and most importantly farmers, which was why they were visiting to inform them of the changes that would soon be implemented.

Mr Brown said this was in line with the Prime Minister's vision for the future of the sugar industry.


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