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Arson worries company

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, August 28, 2014

BIOFUELS International Fiji continues to lose parts of its multimillion dollar plants as a result of alleged arson at its Lekutu farm in Bua on Vanua Levu.

Company operations manager Timothy Gibbons Jr says they were expecting to harvest some of their pongamia pinatta plants (biofuel plants) next year but if such problems continued, they might not be able to meet their target.

Mr Gibbons Jr claimed this was the fifth time they had experienced the problem this year alone, adding that police attitude towards attending to his reports were unreceptive.

"I continue to lose thousands of plants as a result of the fire and when I visit the Lekutu police post to lodge my reports, the attitude of the police personnel there is not as expected," he said.

"During the fire, I had to race down from Labasa to the farm and by the time I arrived here, it was just too late.

"The last fire incident happened two weeks ago in which I had to accompany the personnel right to where I found a gasoline gallon and a lighter but unfortunately, he told me that there was no witness.

"I couldn't believe what I heard and I asked him that what if it was a dead person whether he would still say that there was no witness."

Divisional police commander northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said two of the fire cases were an accidental.

"But for the other cases, we will go through our records. I would however, advise the company to fence the farm and beef up on their security."

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