DESPITE the lack of a major sponsor for the Farmers Carnival this month, organisers say the disappointment will not deter them from meeting the $30,000 target.
Organising committee's president Udit Narayan said they remained adamant about continually supporting the 500 children they sponsored from the cane-belt areas of Raviravi, Ba, to Sabeto, outside Nadi.
"We had tried to secure a major sponsor but nobody has come forward, however, we are still going ahead — we don't need them, and we are confident of meeting our goal," he said.
The carnival began in 2001 with the sole purpose of providing school and educational supplies to underprivileged students in various cane-farming communities.
Mr Narayan said they still struggled to keep providing these resources, despite fees for primary and secondary school students being shouldered by government's free education grant.
"We are concerned about the prices of school supplies because we noticed that after the free education policy was implemented, some stores have increased the costs of uniforms and stationery,".
He said most of the sponsored children were continuing students who had been assisted since primary school.
The Farmers Carnival is scheduled from June 21-28 in Lautoka.