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Boost for farmers

Mere Naleba
Friday, December 20, 2013

SUGAR Ministry permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi welcomed the addition of three new tractors to boost farm production.

The tractors were handed over to Lt-Col Vaniqi by a team from Asco Motors after winning a tender to supply tractors for the government.

He said Asco Motors outbid two other companies.

"Today's event marks a new beginning for the sugarcane industry in that it is the first time that government is investing in these tractors and implements in an effort to boost cane production beginning from 2014," Lt-Col Vaniqi said.

He said canefarmers were on the losing end when tractors were not readily available during harvest, adding hiring tractors was costly.

"These tractors and associated equipment will be utilised by canegrowers at affordable rates to assist them in their land preparation during the main planting months from March to May and from the second planting window in October and November."

He said the tractors would be managed by the FSC. An announcement on how they were going to be used by the farmers would be done later.

"The government through my ministry has made budgetary provisions to purchase another three tractors and three sets of implements for the same purpose as I have earlier mentioned," he said.