Mill Visit Great Ex­pe­ri­ence: Aliya

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Aliya Dean was elated when she vis­ited Labasa sugar mill for the first time on Wed­nes­day. Ms Dean, 18, a Queen con­tes­tant for the Voda­fone Fes­ti­val of the Friendly North, said: “It was great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” She said it was an hon­our and priv­i­lege to un­der­stand what went on in the sugar mill as her grand­par­ents had been cane farm­ers. Ms Dean said her grand­par­ents, of Seaqaqa had been farm­ers for all their lives and the sugar in­dus­try had been their liveli­hood. “I only un­der­stood the sugar in­dus­try from a farmer’s per­spec­tive but now I’m proud to say, that I un­der­stand the whole process and just what makes the in­dus­try tick,” she said.

“I have learnt a lot dur­ing this short, yet en­light­en­ing visit. It also makes me proud and happy to know that FSC re­mains as one of the largest em­ploy­ers on Vanua Levu,” Ms Dean said. “I am also thank­ful to FSC and the Fes­ti­val Friendly North Com­mit­tee for giv­ing us this op­por­tu­nity to learn about such things.” Ms Dean rep­re­sents Na­tion Wide Travel Ser­vices Lim­ited. King Con­tes­tant, Mr Jimmy’s Ser­vice Sta­tion, Waisake Vue­ti­mai­wai, who is an au­to­mo­tive engi­neer­ing stu­dent at the Fiji Tech­ni­cal Col­lege in Labasa, said he now planned for an at­tach­ment at the mill. “I am so much in­ter­ested to work here now, and I would like to carry out my practicum here,” Mr Vue­ti­mai­wai said. The eight Queens and four King con­tes­tants vis­ited the mill. Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

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