SOME cane farmers in Macuata who use rail trucks to cart cane to the mill can breathe a sigh of relief now that the FSC has offered them transport assistance.
The FSC has given the farmers the lorry conversion rate, an allowance to help them pay lorries to cart their cane crop to the mill.
Company executive chairman Abdul Khan said the farmers, known as rail gangs, were mainly from areas in Wainikoro and nearby areas.
"In order for us to hasten harvesting, we allowed the rail gangs to use lorries too apart from just using rail trucks," he said.
"We also rescheduled some of our logistics for the purpose of getting a few more trucks for these farmers.
"When these farmers are given this opportunity, FSC gives them the conversion rate. We are doing everything we can to work together so we are able to increase our yield come the end of the crushing season."
Wainikoro farmer Mahen Pratap said they were thankful to FSC for having such insight.
He said the assistance was timely because they were really having difficulty transporting cane to the mill because the rail trucks don't arrive on time in the area.