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Sami claims cane deduction illegal

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, October 23, 2017

IT is illegal for the Fiji Sugar Corporation to deduct loans and commodity charges from the $6.54 per tonne top-up from taxpayers' funds.

This was the word from National Federation Party general secretary Jagannath Sami.

In a statement, he claimed Clause 21.1 of the Sugar Master Award only authorised the FSC to make deductions from cane proceeds and nothing else — which in this case was the 44 cents per tonne fourth cane payment.

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