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The Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Sugar, Voreqe Bain­i­marama, yes­ter­day an­nounced that the Pe­nang Mill will not be re­paired in time for the 2016 crush­ing sea­son. How­ever, Gov­ern­ment will bear the en­tire cost of trans­port­ing cane for all cane grow­ers in the Pe­nang Mill area to the Rarawai Mill for pro­cess­ing. “In the wake of Cy­clone

Win­ston, I saw for my­self the wide-spread dev­as­ta­tion wrought on our sugar cane in­dus­try. Our cane grow­ers took a heavy hit to their homes, prop­er­ties and crops – and it is the duty of my Gov­ern­ment to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of th­ese grow­ers by cov­er­ing the costs of trans­porta­tion for all farm­ers who pre­vi­ously used the Pe­nang Mill,” said the PM. The Prime Min­is­ter went on to ex­plain that all farm­ers who used the Pe­nang Mill should still bring their cane to the Pe­nang Mill to ac­cess the free trans­porta­tion of­fered by Gov­ern­ment.

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