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$100k lost in burnt cane

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, June 14, 2014

SUGAR industry stakeholders are conducting meetings with police in bids to stop malicious cane burning in the Western Division that has already resulted in the loss of about 1000 tonnes of the crop.

The total value of cane that has gone up in flames has been pegged at about $100,000.

Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said the increasing number of cane fires combined with the fact that some farmers had lost their entire crop was cause for serious concern.

"So far, a number of farms in the Western Division and Labasa have been totally wiped out," Mr Chetty said.

"We are urging those involved in this type of activity to cease malicious burning because of the impact it has on the livelihoods of growers.

"The police have come up with a solution where cane gangs form a Duavata committee will monitor and patrol cane fields to deter would-be arsonists from continuing with this sort of activity."

Mr Chetty said along with patrols, the committees would also devise other means of monitoring farms within their respective areas.

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