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NFP disputes cane payment, says growers only paid $5/tonne

National Federation Party Leader Dr Biman Prasad said cane growers had received $5 per tonne last week instead of the $9.88 per tonne claimed by Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Executive Chairman, Abdul Khan. Dr Biman Prasad spoke to Newswire and said the statement by Abdul Khan last week was misleading and deceived the public of […]

Staff Writers

March 16, 2016 10:50 am

National Federation Party Leader Dr Biman Prasad said cane growers had received $5 per tonne last week instead of the $9.88 per tonne claimed by Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Executive Chairman, Abdul Khan.

Dr Biman Prasad spoke to Newswire and said the statement by Abdul Khan last week was misleading and deceived the public of the actual amount of the third cane payment.

What cane growers received today (Wednesday 9th March) is a sum of $5 per tonne of cane and not $9.88 as claimed by Mr Khan via the media.

The NFP Leader said the estimated third cane payment to cane growers was $13.28 according to the Fiji Sugar Tribunal and Stakeholders.

This is not being told by Mr Khan and other industry stakeholders. He has arbitrarily decided that the third cane payment will be $9.88.

This is incorrect. We have established the estimated third cane payment will be $13.28.

FSC Executive Chairman Mr Abdul Khan last week told local media the farmers would be paid $9.88 per tonne.  Mr Khan has not responded to Newswire phone calls and email messages since last week. This article will be updated once we get a response from Mr Khan.

Dr Prasad said some cane growers who have received their third cane payment last week had only received $5 per tonne.

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FSC Receipt showing a cane farmer┬áreceived $5 per tonne categorised under ‘Special Canepay’ last week. Source: NFP.

NFP Leader Dr Biman said that the third payment to cane growers in Fiji should be paid the full amount of $13.28 per tonne.

The full sum of a minimum projected third payment of $13. 28 per tonne should be paid to all cane growers so that they are able to start rebuilding their lives and livelihood.

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