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Access roads worry farmers

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WITH less than three weeks before the start of the 2014 sugarcane harvest and crush season, growers in some parts of the West are concerned about cane access road repairs.

The National Farmers Union said despite assurances work had not started in some areas.

Government had allocated $2million for repairs and the Sugar Ministry stated last month it was awaiting sector harvest schedules to prioritise maintenance works.

"This issue is critical when it comes to cane delivery," said NFU general secretary Surendra Lal.

"We have been told that work has started but that is not evident on the ground."

Canegrowers in Lomaiwai and Nawaicoba, where some of the worst road conditions exist, said repairs had not yet started.