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Relief for farmers

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, August 28, 2014

ABOUT 6700 canegrowers in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki will receive about $700,000 in fertiliser subsidies this week.

Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association executive manager Sanjina Narain said the subsidy was made possible through the $2.4million received from the sale of Fairtrade certified sugar.

"Government has brought some relief to farmers by providing $14 subsidy per bag to all growers over the past few years and the additional $4 per bag we will give them will reduce their production costs quite significantly."

Hundreds turned up at Dramasi sector yesterday to receive their cheques and more are expected claim theirs at Koronubu in Ba today.

In June, association members received new cane knives and gloves to the tune of $120,000.

Of the 14,000 canegrowers in the country, the Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association has 6700 members.

Ms Narain said field staff were reminding growers about the stringent requirements mandated by FloCERT which allowed them to enjoy Fairtrade premiums for their sugar.

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