More help for farmers
05:39 Wed Dec 06, 2017
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Elenoa Turagaivui
Cane farmers can expect more help from the Fiji Cane Producers Association following a recent Fairtrade sugar deal negotiated by the Fiji Sugar Corporation.
FSC managed to secure sugar sales under the Fairtrade accreditation, shipping 15,000 tonnes of sugar to a European sugar refiner.
Labasa cane farmer, Dalip Singh, has welcomed the deal saying it has been beneficial.
“Getting benefits from the fertilizer subsidies – it is like five dollars per bag or the manure and the drainage and the planting we were getting one or two years before. But now for 2017 we got a benefit of weedicides, knives and files and the death benefit of five hundred dollars."
The main economic benefit of Fairtrade Standards in sugar is the premium of US60 Dollar per tonne of cane above the negotiated purchase price.
The premium is mostly used to pay for fertilizer, herbicide, weedicide and utilities like electricity and water.
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