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Apply for the grant

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ABOUT 100 farmers in Lomawai near Sigatoka were encouraged to apply for a stake in government's $8.4million grant and to improve production at a meeting yesterday.

Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty said because of the global challenges to the sugar industry, the onus was on farmers to improve production to drive down costs to aid in improving the industry's competitiveness.

"The government has done its bit by supporting the industry through some very trying times and the FSC has improved milling, now it is up to you to improve production and yield per hectare," he said.

FSC extension services manager Samuela Railoa said the dismal performance last season shouldn't be repeated.