Farmers to receive cane payout

SUGARCANE growers around the country will receive their third cane payment for the 2017 season crop tomorrow.

Fiji Sugar Corporation CEO Graham Clark made the announcement at the launch of the Pacific Community’s Establishing a Farmer Field School: A Handbook for Fiji’s Sugar Industry launch yesterday in Nadi.

Mr Clark said the payment marked a significant increase over third cane payments made in the two previous seasons.

“We see a level of payment more than 40 per cent higher than it was in 2016 and 2015,” he said.

“And the reason is not that the average price will change too much but the time taken to gather the money has been accelerated.

“Because the quicker we can get the money, the quicker we can distribute it to the farmers.

“I think the farmers need the money because they need to invest in their farms.

“At $13.45 it is a 40 per cent increase. We will continue to do these sorts of things to put money into the pockets of farmers to help them achieve what they need to do.”

In response to calls made by growers for deductions to be split over the third and fourth cane payments, Mr Clark said farmers had to follow the communication mechanism established by the FSC.

“We have not been advised of any request prior to the finalisation of this cane payment,” he said.

“For any grower wishing to make any future requests, the proper channel to follow is through the Sugar Cane Growers Council, and/ or FSC Sector Offices, who will then advise the FSC for their consideration”.

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