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Company laments plant loss

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, August 07, 2014

BIOFUELS International Fiji has lost some of its multimillion dollar plants valued about $US500,000 ($F921,000) as a result of alleged arson at its Lekutu farm in Bua on Vanua Levu.

Company operations manager Timothy Gibbons (Jr) said they had been experiencing similar problems since 2012.

"We planted about 200,000 pongamia pinnata (biofuel plants) and since 2012, we have continued to lose thousands of them as a result of the fire," Mr Gibbons Jr said.

"The expected number of plants to be harvested next year will not be the same as we had initially planned because we have lost plants worth about $US500,000 ($F921,000).

"This loss incurred doesn't include the cost of manpower and other-related expenditure.

"We have reported the matter to the Lekutu Police Station and they haven't done anything about it."

When contacted yesterday, divisional police commander northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said two of the cases had been attended to by his officers.

"The two cases were reopened and investigations concluded that the fire was accidently caused by the landowners who were trying to burn rice husks and remains," he said.








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