Sugar farming extends to Bua

Fiji Sugar Corporation chief operating officer Navin Chandra. Picture: FILE

BREAKING the norms of the sugar industry, the province of Bua has now been roped into canefarming activities.

Headed by the Fiji Sugar Corporation, the improved road condition of the Dreketi-Nabouwalu corridor has been cited as a major element that allowed this breakthrough.

FSC chief operating officer Navin Chandra said they had a canefarmer in Nasarawaqa who had already supplied cane this season.

The 300 hectares identified by the FSC will be an addition to canefarming activities in Bua.

“We have a total of 300 hectares of mostly flatland in Nasarawaqa which we will plant cane in and we have good roads and good trucks to transport the cane to Labasa mill,” he said.

“Having flatland to plant cane will also help us with harvesting as we fully mechanise the harvesting in this area.”

Mr Chandra said they would begin cultivating the land by early next month. “The distance from Nasarawaqa to Labasa is not a barrier and water is also available for irrigation.” on this farm,” he said.

“There has also been high interest from landowners to work in partnership with FSC.” and we have just secured one in Nakama, Labasa.

“The landowners are working with our contractors and this is one way of equipping landowners to take care of cane farms when FSC hands the farms over to them.”

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