FSC has received $2.1 million from the Indian Government to assist in the purchase of trucks, harvesters and farming implements.
A grant agreement was signed at the FSC head office in Lautoka yesterday. The signing also allowed the formal transfer of grant funding from the Indian Government to Fiji.
Sugar Ministry permanent secretary Yogesh Karan thanked the Indian Government for its contribution.
“We are indeed grateful to the Government of India for its generous support and its contribution to the efforts in revitalising our sugar industry,” he said.
“This grant will be invested back into the industry in areas such as cane planting and harvesting that is crucial for increasing yields and growth in sugarcane production.”
He said the grant would be used to purchase five Tata tipper trucks, three sugarcane Case IH A 4000 harvesters, five 9500 4WD Mahindra tractors and 40 farming implements.
Mr Karan added that orders for the equipment were being processed and delivery was expected in time for the 2018 planting and harvest season.
He said the machines and implements would be distributed alongside other FSC equipment to all cane belt areas through the FSC sector structure.
With regards to FSC’s plans to revive the industry, the company said it would invest in an agricultural fleet to service grower needs of planting, cultivation, harvest and haulage of cane.
According to CEO Graham Clark, this was the crucial first step towards mechanising the sugar industry.
“This is a further example of continued support from the Government of Fiji,” Mr Clark said.
“We at FSC are very grateful. As we embrace mechanisation, it is our aspiration that efficiencies in farming will materialise to benefit all.
“An efficient sugarcane farming sector will support the industry as a whole.”
Source:fijitimes 21 Feb 2018