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Cooperatives a solution

Luke Rawalai
Monday, June 19, 2017

TALKS have begun among canefarmers in Seaqaqa for the formation of co-operatives to address issues affecting farmers.

One of the contacts person for this project Ram Karan said talks had begun on the formation of co-operatives in the Solove sector where he belongs.

Mr Karan said once the cooperative was formed farmers would then purchase cane harvesters in groups assisted by Government.

"The idea is an exceptional one and farmers need this sort of insight," he said.

"In an industry where the challenges are many there is strength in numbers and I see the effort as a wise one.

"We have forms where farmers can now sign to show their interest to be part of these cooperative.

"The idea has been well received by farmers we have been talking to considering the problem they currently face with labour issues."

Another gang leader in the area Abdul Saiyad said they had been made aware of efforts to set up such cooperatives for the purpose of purchasing cane harvesters.

"It is good to see these forms of projects because it brings farmers together for the same cause," he said.

"We are keen to start these sorts of co-operatives for our own betterment."

Meanwhile during a visit to the North this month Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum encouraged farmers to form cooperatives in order to purchase cane harvesters.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government was intent in assisting cooperatives.

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