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FSC clears the air

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has clarified that while it encourages new farmers to take up sugarcane farming, the institution does not offer start-up packages.

FSC chairman Abdul Khan said after receiving enquiries, the corporation clarified there was no program that offered individuals leased land from the iTaukei Land Trust Board, a home and start-up equipment.

"There is no such program in place, however, we are always willing to help farmers through other initiatives," Mr Khan said.

TLTB general manager Alipate Qetaki said the board knew nothing about the alleged program.

Mr Khan said FSC offered educational courses to individuals interested in becoming sugarcane farmers.

"If someone wants to come into sugarcane farming, FSC is always willing to assist in giving the farmers options in terms of cane transport through our railway systems or lorries.

"We also arrange refresher courses that we always encourage our farmers to join.

"If they are leasing freehold, Crown or iTaukei land, we assist them in utilising the land for the industry and ensure that we get the maximum tonnage."

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