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New agriculture equipment to ease labor shortage

17:15 Thu Dec 07, 2017


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Akosita Talei

The labor shortage issue in the cane farming industry is expected to ease with the arrival of new equipment and vehicles next year.

The Indian government gave $2.17m in aid to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva today which will be used to buy equipment that will assist in agriculture development in the country.

Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minister’s office, Yogesh Karan says their assistance has come at a right time adding that Fiji’s moving in the right direction to mechanize the industry.

“We have not mechanized, its very labor incentive and we know that currently there’s shortage of labor in all sectors in the country so cane cutters has been an issue and as you know we have been using services from the prisons to harvest our cane. The sugar industry is heavily mechanized. We are still very much outdated and I would say that we are behind more than 50 years for instance in Australia you hardly find anyone on the field, it’s all mechanized but they have a flat terrain which we don’t have.”

These machines will greatly assist cane farmers around the country by reducing the cost of operations and making work easier.



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