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A voice for farmers

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, August 04, 2014

SUGARCANE farmers will have a voice in the development of the sugar industry.

This was the promise of National Federation Party candidate and Fiji Cane Growers Association general secretary Bala Dass in a campaign rally at Korovuto in Nadi yesterday.

Mr Dass said there had not been a significant improvement to the industry in the past six years and farmers were the most affected.

"After a large amount of investment from government, there has not been much improvement in this industry and we the farmers are at the centre of this problem," he said.

"Farmers have to ask themselves what sort of benefit they have received in this period."

Mr Dass said sugarcane farmers also did not have a voice in the development of the industry.

"We don't know exactly how much money they are saying is being invested into the industry, how much of that money is coming to the farmers.

"If people are talking about accountability and transparency, then this is something that should be made known especially to us the farmers."

Mr Dass said the NFP would conduct a full review of the sugar industry if it was elected into parliament.

"That is the first thing we intend to do and that is have a review of our sugar industry if and when we are elected.

"We will be accountable to our sugarcane farmers and we will inform them how much money we will be investing and how that money is being spent."

Mr Dass was joined by NFP leader Dr Biman Prasad, president Tupou Draunidalo and general secretary Attar Singh.

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