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Treat us equally, State told

Luisa Qiolevu
Sunday, June 18, 2017

FARMERS need to be treated equally by Government, says sugarcane farmer of Nabekavu Feroz Khan.

Referring to Government's $10 million commitment to pay farmers' debts in the fourth cane payment, Mr Khan said it was frustrating to see money being wasted on schemes that did not benefit every grower.

"Most farmers have lots of deductions done in the first three payments and most of us did not receive any benefit," he said.

Mr Khan said farmers faced real problems that Fiji Sugar Corporation failed to take into consideration.

"We have a lot of ideas that would in a way improve the cane price so everyone can be happy, but it seems like it's not a big thing to talk about anyway," he said.

"We have problems like high labour cost. We now have to cut our cane by ourselves with the help of other farmers so we can get paid."

Mr Khan said being a canefarmer came with a lot of struggle.

"We have to sacrifice our time in order to work on our cane farm so our family can survive," he said.

"We are labelled as rich people before, but now we are treated like beggars.

"Nothing comes easy for us especially when we try to get loans and we need to be treated equally just like other jobs."

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