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Farmers thank State for grant

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, June 19, 2017

THE $10million grant to canefarmers increased some farmers' take-home cash.

Farmers in the northern part of Macuata have thanked Government for this initiative.

Farmers interviewed said the grant spared them a good income to support their families and they hoped for more similar initiatives.

While some were still confused about how the grant of $10m was used, most farmers interviewed knew how it was spent.

"That was a good move by Government because I didn't see any deductions from my slip except for a good amount of money for me to take back home for my family," said Gaya Prasadof Nakelikoso.

"I was able to save a good amount of money and took care of my family's needs.

"For a very long time, I was not able to do that because there were a lot of expenses made from my cane payment."

Mosese Gadai, another farmer of Nasasa smiled when asked about his thoughts on the $10m.

"I couldn't believe my eyes because I saw a high amount of money left, but I was worried because I didn't see any deductions made to TLTB or FSC or for the fertilisers," he said.

"But when I found out later, I just thanked God because I needed the money to save for my family."

Ravinesh Prakash of Nasasa described the grant as a need.

"The Government should do it more often or just reduce the high cost of lease, fertiliser and other products from FSC," he said.

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