FIJI: Farmers want FSC to drop input prices

Published: 06/19/2017, 7:43:47 AM

Canefarmers want the Fiji Sugar Corporation to drop the prices of products that are supplied during the harvesting season, according to the Fiji Times newspaper.

This is because the prices of the products which include 50-kilogram bags of sugar and rice has chewed into their cane income.

Canefarmers interviewed said paying F$87 (US$42.4) for a bag of sugar and F$74 for a bag of rice was too expensive.

Satish Chand of Taganikula said the prices had chewed a big chunk of their income.

"It's a big chunk because that's more than a F$100 and we could save that for our family's meals by buying good food for our children," he said.

"Apart from this high cost of rice and sugar, we have our native lease to pay and fertiliser so the cost is high for an ordinary canefarmer which is almost all of us farmers."

Jagdishwar Lal, another farmer of Qelemumu agreed that the costs were too high.

"FSC should drop the price of these two products because most farmers receive four bags in a harvesting season," he said.

"The farmer will receive 50kg of two bags of rice and two bags of sugar and so the total is about F$300 or more.

"That's a lot of money and we hope they drop the price because farmers are not making money with cane farming."

Deo Chand of Nakelikoso said with his high native lease rental of F$1300 per year for 32 acres of land, such costs of products such as sugar and rice from FSC should be dropped.

"Cane farming is becoming a very expensive exercise and it's best for FSC to reconsider and drop the price."