THE Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association will receive a further $2.1million in Fairtrade premiums after successfully passing an audit carried out last month.
Association president Gyan Singh said the funds would be utilised once a needs assessment was completed.
"This is good news for communities in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki," he said.
"The auditors from FloCERT, an independent inspection and certification body for Fairtrade, were very stringent in their audit. And to have our association go through the audit is a sign that we are doing something right."
Mr Singh said among the areas scrutinised by FloCERT were soil conservation efforts by the farmers, child labour compliance and the non-use of banned chemicals such as gramoxone and paraquat.
He said they would continue to visit farms and offer remedial advice to farmers.