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Foreign cutters to address labour shortage

Shayal Devi
Thursday, February 01, 2018

THE Sugar Cane Growers Council says it has been inundated with calls from farmers about Government's plan to bring in foreign cutters.

CEO Sundresh Chetty said growers were relieved that labourers would be brought in to address labour shortage issues.

"They are very keen because the shortage of labourers over the past few years has been a real issue," he said.

"Apart from the great difficulty farmers are facing in finding cutters, and when they do, many of them face even more problems with the unrealistic demands for grog, certain types of food and more.

"We applaud the move by Government and especially by the Sugar Ministry's permanent secretary Yogesh Karan in facilitating these cutters for the farmers."

Last week, Mr Karan said canecutters from sugar-producing Asian countries would be recruited for the new harvest season beginning in June.

He said a few Asian countries from where labour could be sourced had been identified.

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