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India boosts sugar industry

Solomone Rabulu
Friday, December 08, 2017

THE Fijian Government yesterday received $2.17 million from the Government of India to help the country's sugar industry.

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal, who presented the cheque to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, said the monetary assistance would go a long way for all sugarcane farmers.

"India and Fiji share a very close bond with special relations," he said.

"Today's (yesterday's) assistance to the Government of Fiji will be provided to the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC).

"They will be procuring the agricultural equipment from India, that will basically be vehicles, tractors, lorries and cane harvester machines that will be of definite help to the sugar industry in Fiji."

Permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's Office Yogesh Karan said the general guideline was already there by the commission and they would purchase the new equipment as early as possible.

"We want to really capitalise on these equipment for the planting season that we have now," he said.

"The machinery will all be Indian made machines, some machinery are already available in Fiji, like the Mahindra tractors as we are also mindful of the after-sales service, should there be any maintenance work required.

"So all that can be purchased here in Fiji, the rest the Fiji Sugar Corporation will make a decision in terms of what sort of equipment is required."

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