Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 11:38 AM on Thursday 18 September

/ Front page / News

NFP to ensure provisions for stockpiling to avoid queue

Litia Vulaidausiga
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PARTICIPANTS of a National Federation Party meeting in Luvu, Lautoka were told of plans for the sugar industry on Sunday.

Party candidate and former Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive Jagannath Sami said the harvesting of sugarcane was a problem they wanted to help rectify.

"We will ensure that every sugar mill has a provision for stockpiling to avoid the long queues," he told some 50 attendees.

"Harvesting is a major problem and we will bring in harvesting machines for every cane sector and that will be controlled by the industry, not by the private sector.

"At the moment, the private sector is exploiting the lack of cost control. There are approvals for them to bring in their machines and now they are controlling the cost.

"It has gone up to $30, $27 a ton and cane farmers are being black mailed because if there is burnt cane, they have no choice as there are no cane cutters. So these machine operators are charging them exorbitant rates and the Sugar Tribunal's office, the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the SCGC are unable to control them."

A string of other meetings in various cane-farming sectors, including Saweni and Saru, are scheduled throughout the week.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. FijiFirst claims 60 per cent
  2. Leader of the pack
  3. FijiFirst leads
  4. PDP is number 4
  5. 306,096 votes counted from 1000 polling station
  6. The race is on
  7. Army grateful
  8. Provisonal results from the Fiji Elections Office
  9. Now we wait
  10. Labour trails

Top Stories this Week

  1. FijiFirst claims 60 per cent Thursday (18 Sep)
  2. Searching for answers Monday (15 Sep)
  3. Girl, 12, murdered Monday (15 Sep)
  4. Shocked and disgusted Monday (15 Sep)
  5. Couple seeks end to problem Friday (12 Sep)
  6. PM confirms release of 45 peacekeepers Friday (12 Sep)
  7. No $20m ransom Tuesday (16 Sep)
  8. Safe and alive Friday (12 Sep)
  9. Leader of the pack Thursday (18 Sep)
  10. Emotional visit for contestants Tuesday (16 Sep)