Fiji Time: 5:48 PM on Saturday 23 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

We are slaves, PM told

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, July 30, 2016

AS major stakeholders in the sugar industry, canefarmers in Seaqaqa feel they have very little say in the industry's operations.

Speaking at the Seaqaqa canefarmer's consultation forum with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Solove farmer Aktar Hussein said farmers felt they were still being treated as slaves. Mr Hussein said farmers continued to be told what to do, adding that their contribution to the industry was never recognised.

"It is a disappointment to see that they (farmers) do not have a say in policy changes of the sugar industry," he said.

"Take for example the latest sugar reform Bill where farmers did not have a say in the making of the Bill.

"We are like slaves. We are told what to do, we feel that our rights as a major stakeholder is never taken seriously by the industry."

Mr Hussein said farmers were not consulted with the changes in the price of cane payment.

"What we need is recognition for our contribution and this can only be done if we have a say in the changes that happen in the industry," he said.

Responding to Mr Aktar's comments Mr Bainimarama said that the Ministry of Sugar's permanent secretary and FSC chairman would look into his concerns.








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 0.61690.5979
JPY 56.853253.8532
GBP 0.36700.3590
EUR 0.41880.4068
NZD 0.69110.6581
AUD 0.63360.6086
USD 0.50190.4849

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. A sad graduation for Waqatakirewa
  2. A-G: Pay overtime
  3. Mine land claim
  4. Leaders disagree
  5. Sedition accused guilty
  6. iTaukei women told to be proud of their identity
  7. Union berates State
  8. Call for climate warriors
  9. Velovelo residents could become permanent leaseholders
  10. Families resort to muddy water

Top Stories this Week

  1. The fee to kill Tuesday (19 Sep)
  2. $16k dream holiday Monday (18 Sep)
  3. Mysteries of the floating island Wednesday (20 Sep)
  4. A sad graduation for Waqatakirewa Saturday (23 Sep)
  5. Head teacher in court for sexual assault Monday (18 Sep)
  6. Pay rise deal Wednesday (20 Sep)
  7. Man freed from prison Tuesday (19 Sep)
  8. Resort's legacy Thursday (21 Sep)
  9. Murder suspects further remanded Monday (18 Sep)
  10. Planned water disruption advisory for Suva Wednesday (20 Sep)