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Breakdown concerns

Luke Rawalai
Monday, September 01, 2014

DISGRUNTLED cane lorry drivers in Labasa have complained about the continuous breakdowns the FSC mill experienced over the weekend.

Drivers also voiced their concerns on the communication breakdown with the mills management regarding the resumption of mill operations.

On Saturday, Abdul Jabbar of Vunivere Seaqaqa said he waited at the mill from 7am on Friday.

Mr Jabbar said the mill was closed and drivers were told at 3pm on the same day that mill cleaning had resumed inside the plant and operations would resume at 7pm.

"However at 7pm drivers were told the mill will resume operations at 10am on Saturday but at 10am on Saturday drivers were again told that the mill will remain closed until 10am Sunday (yesterday)," he said.

"We are trying to contact the mill manager but he did not want to receive our calls and it is frustrating."

Another farmer Yusuf Hussein says people such as him who brought cane all the way from Navudi in Seaqaqa find it really hard to find a decent place to rest and dine because they are worried about their cane loads.

"Just imagine today (Saturday) we have 410 cane trucks that have been stranded here and we do not know the reason behind this because the management refuses to say anything," he says.

"There are more cane trucks that are expected to be coming in and it is just frustrating."

When contacted on his mobile phone Mr Khan said he could not comment on the matter since he was away overseas.





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