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Cane access roads to get $3m upgrade

Talebula Kate
Friday, February 23, 2018

Update: 1:54PM THE time and costs of transporting sugarcane will be reduced to more than 300 farmers and their families in Ba.

This is after the fifty-four cane access roads in the Koronubu sugarcane sector in Ba will soon be upgraded, thanks to a $3.755 million partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community (SPC) Rural Access Roads and Associated Infrastructure (RARAI) project.

A statement issued today by SPC says the upgrading works fall under the Koronubu Phase II program and complement work currently being undertaken under the Koronubu Phase I stage.

Christoph Wagner, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation for the Pacific said this project tackles a key challenge for farmers, especially in the more remote areas of Fiji, by easing the transportation of sugarcane to the mills.

"This is an important element in the EU's ongoing support to the sugar sector in Fiji," Mr Wagner said.

"The project intends to deliver all-weather cane access roads through rehabilitation works, notably improvement of drainage systems. In addition, it will mean people will enjoy improved accessibility to basic facilities in terms of health, education, markets and public administration," he said.

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