AFTER visiting various EU-funded projects that benefit sugarcane communities in Lautoka yesterday, EU deputy director general of EuropeAid Marcus Cornaro said he was satisfied with the results of their funding.
Mr Cornaro visited the Koroipita Model Town, the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises Development and the mobile Viseisei Sai Health Centre Women's Health Awareness Education and Outreach Clinic project to inspect the various programs to which the EU has pumped about $136million through its Sugar Accompanying Measures Program.
"Visibility is a big word, and it is visibility to whom which is also important," Mr Cornaro said.
"I can confirm after today and after what I saw in the field already that it is tangible and it is really appreciated and it has a real impact on thousands and thousands of households."
He said the EU was happy to work with non-government organisations to help the country's rural communities.
"To be honest I was actually quite pleased to see we used maximum creativity to find non-government outlets but in the end I believe we also achieved government objectives namely jacking up exposed sugar producing households."