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Security upgrade

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE Fiji Police Force has offered to protect sugar cane farmers in the Western Division in light of the huge $31million payout to farmers in the region.

Police west spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said there would be a clear police presence at banks and supermarkets from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.

"We just want to ensure the safety of the farmers as they get their money," Ms Ragigia said.

"Our officers will be patrolling all of our city and town centres to see that all transactions are conducted the right way."

She said officers would particularly monitor individuals that want to steal from the farmers.

"People who pickpocket will be monitored and taken to task if they are caught.

"This operation is more a preventative measure," she added.

The fourth cane payment was delivered yesterday.

According to government, the payout was a result of the sugar reforms implemented in 2010.