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Search for labourers

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, June 15, 2014

WITH a week to go before harvesting season, sugarcane farmers are still worried about finding labourers to cut cane.

Following this, the National Farmers Union has started assisting their members find these labourers.

NFU president Surendra Lal said the farmers were challenged with the situation that forced some to travel to provinces of Bua and Cakaudrove in search of labourers.

"It is the same situation we faced last year and it is not easy for our farmers," he said.

"Some of them have had to travel far to Bua and Cakaudrove to find labourers because nearby villages have not shown much interest.

"It is a concern and we are working with our farmers to find labourers."

Mr Lal said while some found labourers, others were still liaising with villagers while others had not found labourers at all.

He added that some farmers had delayed their search for labourers because they had yet to finalise a budget to cater for the labourers.

"All these things are considered before the harvesting season begins so farmers have to budget their expenses on labourers and it's not an easy job," Mr Lal said.

"We are only hoping that some farmers find labourers before the end of the month because it is important for the harvesting to at least begin."

Provincial administrator Macuata Joseva Rokonai said arrangements had been made with provincial council reps.

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