Special payment for sugar growers

Update: 7:36PM SUGAR cane growers will soon receive the final special cane payment of FJD4 million under the Tropical Cyclone Winston relief.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon announced the special payment and confirmed it comes out of the 2017-2018 National Budget. 

“Nearly 10,000 sugarcane farmers will benefit from this special cane payment,” the PM said.

“After careful reassessment of the payout formula determined that roughly 15 per cent of growers have already benefited from the full maximum payment, thousands more growers will be receiving either full or partial payments to finalize Government�s payout process.”

He said all sugarcane farmers would receive equitable direct financial assistance. 

“This industry has a come a long way since the severe devastation of Cyclone Winston,” he said.

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