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Projects to benefit sugarcane farmers

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 13, 2013

THE Secretariat of the Pacific Community is embarking on three projects designed to directly benefit sugarcane farmers in the Western Division.

The European Union-funded Improvement of Key Services to Agriculture scheme, the first of the projects, brought together various stakeholders within the sugar industry including policy makers, representatives of the private sector and farmers organisations for a one-day workshop to learn more about the scheme.

The SPC will soon implement a second EU-funded project named Implementation of Micro-projects while the third will focus on reforestation to address soil erosion on sloping land in the sugarcane belt.

Acting director for the SPC's Land Resources Division, Sairusi Bulai said lessons learnt from the pioneer project would be used in other Pacific Island countries.

"We consider this to be an honour and a great responsibility and we would like to thank the Fiji Government and other relevant parties for their partnership and close co-operation," he said.