EU-funded handbook targets improved production

Sugar Ministry director Sanjay Kumar (left) with FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark, farmer leaders Rajnesh Naicker and Joji Nava look through the Establishing a Farmer Field School: A Handbook for Fiji's Sugar Industry after its launch in Nadi yest

Sugar Ministry director Sanjay Kumar (left) with FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark, farmer leaders Rajnesh Naicker and Joji Nava look through the Establishing a Farmer Field School: A Handbook for Fiji's Sugar Industry after its launch in Nadi yest

A HANDBOOK for 300 leader sugarcane farmers designed to improve production and increase collaboration was launched in Nadi yesterday.

The handbook, titled Establishing a Farmer Field School: A Handbook for Fiji’s Sugar Industry, was launched as part of the EU funded Fairtrade Associations Capacity Building and Farm Advisory Services Support Project, which is being implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).

EU program manager Alejandro Matos Lopez said Farmer Field Schools established under the project had brought positive results to the Fijian sugar industry.

“This is about improving the livelihoods and income of farmers in Fiji’s sugarcane communities,” he said.

“The farmers handbook and the posters launched today are useful tools to guide the work of leader farmers, as well as the industry’s field staff.”

SPC’s Fairtrade project manager Judith van Eijnatten said the initiative would ensure farmers were able to better gauge improvements in their production.

“The handbooks and posters are weather-resistant, practical tools which can be taken into the field,” she said

“The handbooks will be given out to each of the 300 leader farmers and we hope that they will facilitate the work being done by these farmers in Fiji’s sugarcane communities.”

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