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Farmers buy harvester

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, June 12, 2014

CANEgrowers in Ba took the initiative to form a co-operative and bought a mechanical harvester to ease labour and harvesting issues in the area.

Finding labourers to harvest cane has been a chronic problem that plagued the sugar industry over the past few years.

The growers from the Rarawai sector formed the Wailailai Co-operative in December last year and purchased the $250,000 piece of machinery, achieved through a $10,000 assistance from the Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association and a loan from the Fiji Development Bank.

Secretary Dinesh Sharma said in the past, farmers were at the mercy of businessmen who hired mechanical harvesters.

"This is the first time that farmers have got together and done something like this," Mr Sharma said.

"For the first time, farmers will have access to a harvester that will greatly reduce the cost of cane cutting."








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