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A win-win situation

Luke Rawalai
Friday, June 20, 2014

SODELPA will ensure that land is made available with appropriate lease arrangements and tenure that is fair to both landlords and tenants.

Party leader Ro Teimumu Kepa assured members of the Fijians of Indian descent community in Wailevu that they would ensure it was a win-win situation for both parties.

Ro Teimumu said at the end of the day, both landlords and tenants must enjoy cordial and productive relations.

"The trauma and suffering of 2000 will never be repeated in this country under SODELPA's leadership," she said.

"To provide relief to our farmers, my government will make it a priority to create a reserve fund so that our farmers are paid in full upon supplying cane to the mills rather than waiting for payment in installments for more than a year.

"It is unfair to our farmers to sell their produce and then wait for so long to get your payment. There is no saving for the farmer."

Ro Teimumu said her party would replenish the reserve fund when payments were eventually received from importers.

"We will look at the possibility of building smaller and efficient sugar mills in main cane producing areas like Seaqaqa so that our farmers can save costs in transporting the cane to mills.

"We will make sure we have efficient milling and transport system so that our farmers can benefit. Dumping of molasses and cane juice in rivers will be a thing of the past.

"Our farmers are a major stakeholder in sugar industry and you will be consulted and heard in the decision-making process through your representatives."

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