GOVERNMENT incentives provided to cane lorry operators over the past few years will continue this season, says Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama.
The move has been lauded by the Sugar Cane Growers Council.
SCGC CEO Sundresh Chetty said the continued support by the government to the industry was critical to the sustainable development of the sugar-cane business in the country.
"We welcome the announcement by the Prime Minister and are very pleased that lorry operators will once again be given concessions," he said.
"We only hope that some benefits from these concessions are passed on to growers in the form of reduced cartage rates."
The PM, during his address at the launch of two new cane varieties in Ba last week, said dispensation would be given to all cane lorries this season.
"As part of ensuring that this year's crushing season will not face any uncertainties and in my government's commitment to reduce all difficulties for all sugarcane growing stakeholders, I take this opportunity today to announce that the dispensation given to all cane lorries last year will continue for this cane crushing season," he said.