Positive response from adverts

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (2nd from left) with Fiji Sugar Corporation Chief Executive Officer Graham Clark (left) in this file picture. Picture: FT FILE/REINAL CHAND

While there has been a lot of focus on the negative impacts of COVID-19, the sugar industry says it is starting to see some positive signs.

Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive officer Graham Clark said there had been some positive response to cane cutting advertisements and family members who had left the cane belt areas for greener pastures elsewhere were now returning.

He said the FSC had recently advertised for labourers and they expected the ads to attract those recently unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are hoping for more people to come and cut cane when the new season begins,” Mr Clark said.

“People who have no work might earn some money if they come and join us in harvesting which begins next month.

“We are starting to see a little bit of interest.

“I think we will have to wait for the season to start to see what happens.

“Obviously there’s a lot of interest in farming now and cane is a crop that everybody knows.”

Mr Clark said another positive was families being reunited on cane farms.

“It’s quite interesting. At the moment, we are seeing a lot of families that are moving to our sugar cane farmers.

“Before it might have been only the father but now he is being joined by sons and daughters who are going back to the farm.

“There are a lot more activities on the farm.”

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