Govt remains committed to reducing production costs for farmers: Vegnathan

Assistant Minister for Sugar Industry George Vegnathan delivering his maiden speech in Parliament. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJIAN PARLIAMENT FACEBOOK

ASSISTANT Sugar Industry Minister George Vegnathan says the FijiFirst Government remains committed to reducing production costs for farmers by increasing mechanisation and reducing transportation costs .

“It is important that we continue to modernise the sugar industry through the continued injection of mechanisation,” he said while speaking in Parliament last week.

“We see now 60 mechanical harvesters in operation and the FijiFirst Government remains committed to introducing mechanical harvesters for hilly areas.

“Transportation of cane will also see revisionary changes by introduction of cage bins, trans loading centres and introduction of in-fielders.”

He said with 200,000 relying on the sector for their livelihood and 2000 people employed by the Fiji Sugar Corporation, continued support for the industry was critical.

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