PM warns cane lorry drivers
July 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has issued a stern warning to cane lorry drivers that their licenses will be revoked if the conditions to transport cane to mills are breached.
Bainimarama made this known to the operators during his visit to the farmers in the Western Division this week.
The warning came after cane farmer Ilimeleki Nakove of Togovere of Ra raised a complaint that certain drivers had refused to cart cane to the Penang Mill for crushing.
Navere complained of lorry owners in the sugar sector who after receiving permits to cart cane in the area, did not want to cart cane for farmers.
Navere had to seek assistance from another lorry driver from Waimari to help him to cart cane to the mill following this ordeal.
Bainimarama who is also the Minister for the Sugar portfolio said once permits are issued, lorry drivers should assist other growers to cart their cane.
Bainimarama said the whole concept of the sugar reforms is to enable you also as farmers and industry stakeholders to work together in rebuilding the sugar industry.
By Ropate Valemei
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