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Farmers vow to take good care of labourers

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CANEfarmers in the Northern Division have made it their businesses to renovate camps for their labourers prior to the new crushing season.

Now into the crushing season, farmers are adamant to look after their labourers well.

Wailevu canefarmer Chote Lal said it was only proper to provide a good camp for the labourers because cutting cane was not an easy job.

"When labourers return from the cane farms, they are tired and they just need a good resting place.

"We are working with the health inspectors to ensure camps are conducive and hygienic for the workers. Most of time, labourers complain about the camps but now they will notice a difference because most of us have fully renovated them.

"It's not easy looking after the labourers and that's why we have to do our best and spend extra money in order to provide a good camp," he said.

Another farmer Rajnesh Deo shared similar sentiments saying he had also repaired his camp.

A Ministry of Health statement yesterday said health inspectors in the North had started inspecting camps.

While the ministry is yet to reveal the progress of such inspections, it wants to ensure labourers are provided with a good place to live in while cutting cane.

"This is a normal routine check-up to ensure labourers are looked after well. The camp inspection is done to ensure that labourers are offered a good place to live in while cutting cane.

"One of the risk factors is the spread of leptospirosis and that's why we make sure the labourers are well-equipped with the necessary equipment and camps this new season."

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