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The Ministry of Sugar met stakeholders yesterday to map out a new strategy for the sugar funds allocated by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Lieutenant-Colonel Manasa Vaniqi.
“Just this month the Prime Minister allocated $2.5 million to the Ministry of Sugar,” Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said.
He said in the past contractors had not been honest with the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) as most of them kept the money and walked away with work poorly done or incomplete.
These contractors, according to Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi, had manipulated the tender process.
He said this would be prevented through a new strategy to be in place soon.
“These corrupt contors will be closely monitored and will be ignored in the new strategy.”
He said Government would not tolerate contractors who breach work conditions and those who continue to apply corrupt practices.
He said most of the farmers had machinery to carry out the work and they would now be considered.
The involvement of farmers, he said, would be much cheaper and because they were doing works to benefit them they would carry out the task to their best of ability.
Works to be carried out are not only cane access roads. Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said they had identified broken links like bad bridges, and no electricity.
“We have to improve on these broken links to improve accessibility.”
He said when the Prime Minister met with the farmers last week his message to them was, “We want to make farmers enjoy cane farming.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said the objective of all the work they would be doing was geared towards the Prime Minister’s statement.
He said with the help now available to farmers, most of those who had left cane farming had shown interest in returning.