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Projects to continue

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, January 31, 2014

PROJECTS approved by the Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association's general assembly last March will continue as normal.

Association president Gyan Singh said: "Despite the unannounced audit that was conducted by Flo Cert — the inspection and certification body for Fairtrade — earlier this month and the non-conformities that were found, all projects that were approved last year will continue.

"These include the drainage and bulldozing projects which directly benefit cane growers in our area."

However, a pension scheme established by the association last year for growers aged 70 years and older was suspended after the first year budget of $250,000 set aside for the scheme was depleted in its first four months.

Mr Singh said initial estimates were that 200 growers would receive pensions of $100 a month. However, this blew out to more than 680, making the scheme unsustainable.