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Collaboration key

Filipe Naigulevu
Friday, November 03, 2017

COLLABORATION and partnership with key sugar stakeholders is what the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) continues to focus on for the industry's future growth.

This was the basis of one of FSC's recent meetings and awareness sessions with canegrowers in the farming settlements of Nadrala and Nawamaqi, in the interior of the Sigatoka Valley, and Lomawai, on the outskirts of Natadola.

The visit, which was led by FSC's chief operating officer Navin Chandra, was part the organisation's new direction in enhancing grower engagement.

"Now we are going back to the growers to get their perspective and give them an avenue to assess how FSC is tracking and seek their insights on any other areas of additional focus," Mr Chandra said in a statement.

"One of the key objectives at these meetings was for growers to highlight additional issues they could still be facing, particularly barriers that hinder cane development."

Growers in Nadrala, Nawamaqi and Lomawai also got to hear first-hand about the recent FSC developments and the organisation's immediate to mid-term plans.

They were also advised about FSC's new strategic plan and the changing of the Government subsidy to assist grower costs of farming.

"In order to achieve our objective of 4 million tonnes of cane, FSC is rigorously encouraging cane development across all cane sectors," Mr Chandra said.

"So we need to know what additional barriers growers are experiencing that deter their cane development", Chandra adds.

FSC had begun such engagements in March this year whereby FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark and Mr Chandra toured sectors and met with growers.

During those visits, the FSC delegation had briefed growers on the new FSC direction.

They also sought their views and held discussions, which contributed to the development of the new five year strategic plan for FSC.

Meanwhile, FSC has indicated its commitment to engage with sugar stakeholders in finding solutions that in the long-term are mutually beneficial to the sugar cane growing community and the organisation.

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