SOME cane farmers of Wainikoro and Daku in Macuata have expressed frustration at the delay in the arrival of rail trucks to cart their crop to the mill.
This newspaper visited the area on Tuesday to find the farmers waiting impatiently with tractors laden with sugar cane.
Farmer Jai Lal said they had been waiting for about three days for the trucks.
"We have been coming to this meeting point since Monday and we have spent the whole day waiting for the truck," he said.
"The labourers also spend the whole day in the fields because they are waiting for us to come with the tractor so they can load the next batch of cane.
"We have been experiencing this problem lately, something that never used to happen in the past."
Fellow farmer Mahen Pratap said the trucks only visited them thrice a week compared to daily visits in the past.
"Before, the trucks would come every day and now they only come twice or thrice a week," he said.
"It's really difficult for us and now all our work is delayed because of the late arrival of the trucks. We only hope the authorities look into the matter and address it for our benefit."
In response yesterday, FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said sometimes when the trucks were sent, they were not filled by the farmers.
"When this happens, the trucks end up staying for a few more days in the field and this is where the problem occurs," Mr Khan said.
"We give them a quota and when this is given, we send the trucks and we expect that they are sufficiently filled and sent back to the mill.
"Sometimes, the trucks are not filled and they are diverted to another farmer to load his cane.
"The logistics need to be right and we are working with the farmers to ensure such a procedure is done in a timely manner," Mr Khan said.