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Children belong at home

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, June 16, 2014

CANE labourers on Vanua Levu have been reminded against hiring children to work on their farms.

The issue was among other topics of discussions during the Labasa Sector Sardar meeting at the FSC Golf Club on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of the sardar, Adi Sivo Ravuwale said it was important to address child labour issues because some labourers were fond of bringing their children to join them on the farms.

"We don't want to entertain children to engage in cane farming because this is against the law," she said.

"We have had cases in the past where labourers from the villages bring their children along to come and join them in the farms to cut cane.

"Some of them are not aware that children under the age of 18 are not allowed to be given a job to earn money.

"They have to be above the age of 18 in order to work. We want to ensure that this problem doesn't happen because we don't want the farmers to be paying the price for breaking the law."

Adi Sivo said they also discussed issues such as cane access roads, lorry operations and their preparations for the new season.

"We are anticipating the new season and some of the gangs will start harvesting their cane on Monday.

"We are also thankful to the government for starting the upgrade works on cane access roads in Macuata. Right now, our focus is to improve on child labour issues and we want to ensure that this doesn't happen in the cane farms this season."

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