IN an effort to prevent any more burning of sugarcane farms in the Western Division, the Sugar Ministry has given 30 horses to the police.
During the handover at the Nawai Community Post in Sigatoka yesterday, Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said the joint venture between police and the ministry added a new dimension and introduced a new concept in police operations.
"We in the sugar industry felt this new arrangement will assist and enhance police operations in the West cane belt areas and reduce the incidents of sugar cane burning that for 2013 alone has recorded 260 so far as of yesterday," he said.
"We feel the horses will be a critical asset and important contribution to police work where fuel and oil and maintenance work are not required as in vehicles."
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua welcomed the initiative.
"In all of our efforts to fight crime, in some ways, we are limited in some areas and one of these areas is the tools that we need to carry out our work," he said.