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.