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Church group cuts cane

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, June 18, 2017

COMMUNITIES in the North are reaping the benefits of the cane money as they harvest in groups for the purpose of funding communal projects.

One such group is the Methodist Church cane cutting gang from the Naqumu circuit who are harvesting cane in Seaqaqa.

This newspaper met the team during a survey at the Solove sector where they were harvesting cane for Labasa businessman and parliamentarian Parmod Chand.

Church steward Ulaiasi Navuaka said they were expecting to earn $40,000 from the exercise.

"We will be harvesting 2000 tonnes of cane belonging to Mr Pramod this year in order to raise funds," he said.

"The funds raised from this exercise will be diverted towards the purchase of a three tonne truck for the church circuit.

"Before we started harvesting here in Solove we had entered into a contact with Mr Chand and we had made an agreement."

Mr Navuaka said they had a total of 50 youths involved in the exercise.

"We will soon get 50 more youths from the village to be part of the exercise," he said.

"The truck that we have earmarked to purchase is worth $70,000 and the revenue earned from this exercise will be used to deposit for the truck.

"Most of us in this group are cutting cane for the first time and it is not an easy task."

The group are camping at the farm in Solove in the interior of Seaqaqa.

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