Fiji Time: 6:58 AM on Sunday 30 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 56.810253.8102
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.41450.4025
NZD 0.73480.7018
AUD 0.66190.6369
USD 0.47110.4541

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Case transfer angers families
  2. Military allowed to carry arms in public
  3. Draunidalo clears the air
  4. China police to take man home
  5. Ruggers treated to lunch
  6. Sedition a 'real threat'
  7. $507m worth
  8. Envoy: Russia, China are true friends
  9. Creek pollution
  10. $140m water loan

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Karavaki warning Thursday (27 Aug)
  2. Fall crowned queen Sunday (23 Aug)
  3. Guns in town Thursday (27 Aug)
  4. Birth by the river Tuesday (25 Aug)
  5. Making the cut Monday (24 Aug)
  6. PM turns down Ratu Naiqama request Thursday (27 Aug)
  7. Military, police beef up manpower Tuesday (25 Aug)
  8. John quits 7s job Tuesday (25 Aug)
  9. Soldiers patrol town prior to sedition case Wednesday (26 Aug)
  10. Draunidalo hits back Friday (28 Aug)