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Jalil: Increase cane price to keep farmers

Luisa Qiolevu
Monday, June 19, 2017

GOVERNMENT should be ready to look for more canefarmers, says 70-year-old Mohammed Jalil.

Mr Jalil owns a 12 acre cane farm in Batinikama outside Labasa.

"I am the last person from our generation that is working on the cane farm and when I die, there will be no more farms and no one to replace me," he said.

Mr Jalil said he has only one son who has vowed not to return to the cane fields.

"If Government wants to see more cane produced then they should increase the cane price," he said.

"This will hold the cane farmers back in the farm and they will never think of moving to other places."

Mr Jalil said he still wanted to work on the farm, but he's too old now.

"I am getting old and sickly, my health is slowly deteriorating and I can't do a lot of work like I used to do before.

"Government has to quickly make some changes now especially with the price of cane if they still want to keep the sugar industry alive and if they don't our children will just finish their studies and move on with white-collar jobs."








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