FSC

Fourth cane payment to be made today
NFP and Farmers Union raise concerns regarding the delay in payment

Fourth cane payment to be made today

NFP and Farmers Union raise concerns regarding the delay in payment

By Shanil Singh
Wednesday 01/06/2022
[Image: File Photo]

There is good news for farmers as the fourth cane payment of $15.15 will be paid today.

The Registrar of the Sugar Industry Tribunal, Timothy Brown says this will bring the total amount to $77.48 per tonne of cane for the 2021 cane payment.

He says the Fiji Sugar Corporation has so far paid $62.33 per tonne of cane made up of $38.50 per tonne delivery payment, $12.83 per tonne second cane payment and $11 per tonne 3rd cane payment.

Meanwhile the National Federation Party and the National Farmers Union had earlier raised concerns regarding the delay in the fourth cane payment.

NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad had said the delay in finalizing and announcing the fourth cane payment contravened the Master Award and casts doubt on cane growers’ genuine need to receive at least $18 per tonne without any deductions made from the payment to help them prepare for the new harvesting season.

Prasad says the Master Award stipulates that the fourth payment must be announced and paid out on or before May 31st.

He says this delay increases the uncertainty surrounding the future survival of an industry and this is failing to inspire growers to have confidence and grow their crop size.

Prasad says the decision to delay the announcement of the payment until the end only means that the FSC was looking for money to make the payment and one wonders what has happened to growers’ share of 70% proceeds from the sale of sugar until 30th April. On the other hand, National Farmers Union General Secretary Mahendra Chaudhry said growers were angry at the delay in the announcement of the fourth cane payment for the 2021 season.

Chaudhry says farmers need to be paid at least a month before crushing commences to allow them adequate preparation time to engage labour and attend to farm machinery repairs.

He says they are seeking a deferment of these dates to allow cane farmers adequate preparation time following the payment.

The Union is also calling on the government to increase the minimum guaranteed cane price from $85 to $100 per tonne.

Chaudhry says significant on-going increases in the cost of fuel, farm inputs, maintenance of lorries, tractors and machinery necessitate a review of the current guaranteed price.

He says it is also a matter of concern that FSC has not held its Annual General Meeting for the financial year ended 31st May 2021.

Chaudhry adds it is worrying that the 2022 harvest season is going ahead without the operating results of the 2021 season being made known to the people.

FEATURE NEWS
Some drug users are raping their mothers and sisters – ACP Ganivatu
Serious concerns continue to be raised on the impact drug use has on the lives of youths in the country, with some committing heinous crimes such as r...
5 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
There has been no theft of 1 tonne of meth, drugs are kept under tight security - Acting COMPOL
Police have rejected claims in New Zealand's 1News report that about a tonne of methamphetamine seized in Nadi earlier this year, is missing. When ...
5 hours ago

Chaudhry attacks PM after PM says Chaudhry a selfish and weak-hearted leader
Following Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka's reference to former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry as a selfish and ...
5 hours ago

Dialogue underway to ban Pseudoephedrine in the country
Minister of Health Doctor Atonio Lalabalavu is currently having dialogue with various Ministries and stakeholders regarding the ban of ...
5 hours ago

Government Financial Management Information System to go online from 1st August – Prof. Prasad
The Government's Financial Management Information System is scheduled to go online from 1st August 2024. This has been revealed by the Deputy ...
9 hours ago

Athletics Fiji mourns the loss of President Vuli Waqa
The President at Athletics Fiji and Secretary at Fiji Secondary Schools' Athletics Association Filimoni Vuli Waqa, affectionately known as Vuli Waqa, ...
10 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
6 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
6 days ago

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval
It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime ...
6 days ago

TOP