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Early payout for farmers

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

CANEGROWERS nationwide will receive a special payment of $5 per tonne to prepare their children for the 2014 school year.

Sugar Ministry permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi made the announcement at a press conference in Lautoka yesterday.

"On behalf of the sugar industry stakeholders, we would just like to make mention that the Fiji Sugar Corporation, the Sugar Cane Growers Council and the Sugar Industry Tribunal have agreed that like last year we are going to advance $5 per tonne to the growers to prepare them for the school year in 2014," he said.

"This is for the purchase of books for their children and school uniforms.

"This agreement will not cover any deduction like in 2013."

Lt-Col Vaniqi said in making the decision, the government was committed to assisting the farmers and the industry as a whole.

Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said the announcement was good news for the growers.

"A lot of growers have been inquiring about the payment, especially since school is about to start for the new term and this is very good news for the farmers as the industry has agreed to pay them a special cane payment of $5," he said.

"We are now looking to finalise negotiations and dates will be announced soon — it should be some time next week," he said.








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