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Desired results lacking

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A SUBSTANTIAL investment by the government of about $19million over the past seven years to assist farmers improve cane production has not reaped the desired results.

And FSC extension services manager Samuela Railoa said this had to change.

"We need to see improvements," he said while speaking to growers at Lomawai near Sigatoka on Tuesday.

"These are hard facts and we need to face this and build from here.

"We have hit rock bottom with production last year of 1.6m tonnes of cane and the only way is up from here."

Mr Railoa said with huge improvements at all four sugar mills, the farmers had to take responsibility and make extra efforts to improve production.

"Our mills can process a total of four million tonnes of cane and we have to improve production to ensure this happens by 2017 or sooner.

"The government has given the industry a substantial amount of money over the years and other developments in health and education have had to be sacrificed because of this, so the onus is on us to ensure that this money is put to good use."

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