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Access roads complaint

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, July 26, 2014

SIX farmers living on the Nakorotari-Forestry Rd in Labasa are appalled by the deteriorating cane access road in the area, claiming it has affected their cane supply in the past two years.

Nakorotari sugarcane farmer Mohammed Khalil said he had been in the sugar industry for more tha 30 years and they were tired of voicing their concerns about the condition of the Talaleka Rd to the Labasa Cane Growers Council.

Mr Khalil said six other cane farmers in the area had suffered because of this.

Another farmer Mohammed Kasim said they had suffered for a long time.

"We used to deliver more than 300 tonnes of cane to the mill in the past but presently, we can only supply 170 tonnes because of the road conditions," he said.

"We have been told that the grant for the refurbishment of the road has been given to the council but they have been sleeping with it."

Meanwhile, Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council representative Joe Kanavo called on farmers to be patient as works had begun in the area.

Mr Kanavo said as of yesterday, work had begun in Valekula in the Nakorotari area.

"The Talaleka Rd comes under the Vunimoli area, which has 110 cane access roads in total," he said.

"These were divided into four categories according to the prioritisation of works and the contractor has so far completed the third project.

"Today, work has started for the fourth road project and we assure farmers that we will deal with all cane access roads."


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