Su­gar grant

Fiji Sun - - Comments -

Ash­neil Deo, Suva

The Euro­pean Union through one of the re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tions has al­lo­cated mil­lions to as­sist su­gar cane farm­ers. Un­for­tu­nately, cane farm­ers in the Tavua and Ba cor­ri­dors that I have spo­ken with have never re­ceived any as­sis­tance to date.

I have per­son­ally vis­ited and spo­ken with a lot of cane farm­ers in Koronubu, Vaqia, Vu­nisamaloa, Korovutu, Moto, Tag­itagi, Natawa, Matalevu, Yasiyasi, Davota and Rab­ulu to name a few dur­ing cy­clone Win­ston relief dis­tri­bu­tion.

For the sake of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity, can the me­dia ques­tion EU and the aid dis­tri­bu­tion agency where the al­lo­cated funds have been used to date?

All the big al­lo­ca­tions for the su­gar in­dus­try seem not to be trick­ling down to the grass­roots peo­ple who were iden­ti­fied as the in­tended re­cip­i­ent of the grants.

Hope­fully, the al­ter­na­tive liveli­hood ini­tia­tive has not turned into an al­ter­na­tive di­ver­sion ini­tia­tive.

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