Fourth cane pay­ment to­mor­row

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Sugar In­dus­try Tri­bunal De­vanesh Sharma yes­ter­day con­firmed sugar cane farm­ers around the coun­try will re­ceive their fourth cane pay­ment for the sea­son to­mor­row.

The farm­ers will re­ceive a pay­ment of $13.73 per tonne of cane which will bring the to­tal cane pay­ment for the sea­son to $75.26 per tonne.

This will leave a fi­nal cane pay­ment of $9.74 per tonne to be paid out at a later date and which will then bring the to­tal cane pay­ment to $85 per tonne for the sea­son. Govern­ment had guar­an­teed the price of $85 per tonne payable to farm­ers for the 2019 cane crop. Prior to this pay­ment, the net share of the sugar cane grow­ers’ pro­ceeds that had al­ready been paid out to farm­ers as at April 30 was $95, 605,069which was equiv­a­lent to $52.92 per tonne.

The Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion (FSC) has al­ready paid out to farm­ers a to­tal of $61.53 per tonne of cane, which was made up of $37.90 per tonne as de­liv­ery pay­ment and $12.63 and $11 for the sec­ond and third cane pay­ments re­spec­tively.

Sugar Cane Grow­ers Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Su­nil Chaud­hary while wel­com­ing the pay­ment thanked FSC for bring­ing this pay­ment for­ward. “This cane pay­ment as due to be paid out at the end of the month but upon a re­quest from the Sugar Cane Grow­ers Coun­cil, this was now be­ing paid out two weeks ahead.

“The rea­son for the pay­ment be­ing brought in early was to as­sist the cane farm­ers pre­pare for the ready for the har­vest­ing and sup­ply of cane to the mills.”

“The farm­ers were in des­per­ate need for the money and we thank FSC for as­sist­ing.”

Mr Chaud­hary has ap­pealed to the cane grow­ers around the coun­try to have ev­ery­thing pre­pared and ready for the first day of har­vest.

“We want the cane to be har­vested and ready to be de­liv­ered to the mills when they open.

“We want a con­sis­tent sup­ply of cane com­ing to all the mills from the first day of crush­ing.” Mean­while, FSC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gra­ham Clark has also ap­pealed to farm­ers to clean their sugar cane fields and de­liver fresh green cane to the mills.

“We do not want burnt cane and all the rub­bish com­ing to the mills as this will hin­der the pro­duc­tion of sugar,” Mr Clark said.

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