THE Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association plans to start bulldozing land previously not used for sugarcane planting in an ambitious bid to boost cane production.
Association president Gyan Singh said the project was scheduled to start next week, utilising funds from Fairtrade premiums.
"This project is aimed at utilising land that has previously not been used for cane farming," he said.
"The way the project will work is that the association will pay half of the bulldozing fee and the land lease owner or landowner contribute the other half.
"We believe this will boost sugarcane farming in the Western Division and increase cane production which will benefit the community, the economy and the country as a whole," he said.
Apart from the land bulldozing project, the association has established a pension scheme for growers 70 years and older and gave computers to schools catering for low-income earning cane farming families utilising $1.42 million gained from Fairtrade premiums.