More training for sugarcane growers needed

A Lautoka sugarcane grower says more training was needed if farmers were to improve husbandry skills. Picture: FT FILE

A Lautoka sugarcane grower says more training was needed if farmers were to improve husbandry skills. Picture: FT FILE

Update: 3:08PM A LAUTOKA sugarcane grower says more training was needed if farmers were to improve husbandry skills and increase cane production.

Fereti Rika, a Lololo grower was a participant in a two-day workshop in
Lautoka last week designed to build financial and management capacity of cane
grower cooperatives in Lautoka.

“We thank the Sugar Cane Growers Council, Pacific Community (SPC)
and Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Cooperative Department for conducting this
training and the European Union for funding it,” he said.

“But we would like to see more training like this and for the
training to be more frequent because this will not only help us in terms of
farming, it will also help us in managing our co-ops better and ensuring that
the funds we raise are invested in a sustainable way.”

Mr Rika produced 400 tonnes of cane on his 10acre farm.

He is the Vakabuli Cane Farmers Cooperative Limited operations manager.

The co-op has about 20 members.

The training program, organised by the Sugar Cane Growers Council in
partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and Ministry of Industry and
Trade’s Cooperative Department, was designed to improve financial literacy and
enhance management skills.

More than 30 executives from farmer cooperatives in Sigatoka, Nadi and
Lautoka attended the training at the SCGC hall yesterday.

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