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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fiji sugar mills and cane growers

The pipe dumping waste from Penang mill
Once upon a time it was the number one export for the country, but what is the future of the sugar industry in Fiji today?

Since the military coup, the Fiji Sugar Corporation has refused to release weekly crush reports of each of its four mills.

This information was useful in analysing the performance of the mills and Government, through the parliamentary select committee on sugar could demand answers from the management of FSC for any failures at each of the mills.

This blog has been told that cane growers are suffering losses due to milling inefficiencies.

The National Federation Party who has members who are cane growers, has obtained evidence of Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki rife with problems and inefficiencies caused my management and operational bungling.

This has deteriorated to such an extent that sugar juice is being discharged into the river running next to the mill resulting in the death of fish, crabs and other seafood. The extent of discharge has blackened the river.

Since the mill started operating four weeks ago growers are being forced to pay and feed cane cutters to retain them because they do not regularly harvest cane due to mill breakdowns. 


Cane Lorry operators and drivers are also suffering having to endure extremely long delays before being able to dump cane laden on their trucks. 

In the case of Penang Mill, 80% of cane carted to the mill is by lorry transport. The mill workers are also suffering in silence and forced to implement band-aid solutions that are cosmetic and only camouflage the rot at the mill. 

Evidence of pollution and problems

From left to right:


Picture 1: Evaporator Pollution Pump 
The repair of this pump was submitted last year for the capital project grants however it was not awarded by the head office. As for now these pumps are not functioning as required and as a result, those sugar syrup that is to be recycled and reprocessed after going through the pump, is now being discharged directly into the pollution ponds thus causing wastage and also complication in the processes of the ponds. This is the major reason for the foul smell being emitted from the mill.
 

Picture 2: Dump Line Leakage into the River 
The pipe that carries cane juice has a major leakage and needs to be urgently repaired, however a tube is being temporarily fixed, which still enables minor leakages and thus the juice being wasted and discharged into the river. This can be repaired, however the mill has to shut down as for now. However this could have been fixed during the cleaning intermissions, but there had been no commitment or response from the management . This is a clear indication of poor management.

Picture 3 and 4: Reprocessing Area for the Spilt Sugar

All the sugar crystals that are spilt over during the processing are being collected and brought in for reprocessing however this is meant to be stored properly but instead it is deposited on the ground in an unorganized manner that is unhygienic as well. Upon the Visit of the Executive Chairman on Monday (27th of July, 2015) , the soil was spread and thrown over the sugar to avoid it being seen by him and the head office team.

Picture 5 and 6: Sugar being discharged from a Tank Prior to its crystallization

The Supervisors on site, knowing that the pollution pump (shown in Slide 1) is not working, have yet authorized the emptying of the tank which contains sugar, knowing that all this sugar will be discharged directly into the pollution pond hence the sugar will be wasted.

53 comments:

KUA NI RERE said...

WoW. This is very sad.
I feel so sorry for the poor farmers, because at the end of the day, they have to bear the brunt of this inefficiency.
THIS IS NEGLIGENCE AND DERELICTION OF DUTIES of the highest order.
THE WASTAGE IS PHENOMENAL.
Imagine how much more money they could make if it wasnt for all those leakages mentioned.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CORRUPT LEADERS LIKE BAINIMARAMA AND KAIYUM PASS ON THEIR CORRUPTION TO FSC MANAGEMENT.
ALL THAT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WASTED ON THAT INDIAN COMPANY.
AND NOW THE INDIAN FARMERS OF FIJI HAVE TO PAY FOR IT WITH THEIR BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS.
WHAT A SHAME.

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO SAY HERE.
THIS IS FARKING DEPRESSING NEWS.
THIS IS WHY YOU INDIAN FARMERS SHOULDNT SUPPORT CORRUPT PEOPLE LIKE BAIMARAMA AND KAIYUM because at the end of the day this is where it boils down to.
And the poor Fish....and prawns...in the river..

f a r k!

I guess you REAP what you SOW.

Anonymous said...

OMG...this is terrible news for the cane farmers and all involved in sweating their butts off in the HOT HOT SUN for a needed income. The government has taken their time to fix all the major problems and turns out we are going to face JOB LOSSES and ecological disaster. AND THE SUGAR INDUSTRY MILLING FURTHER DISINTEGRATES AND DETERIORATES IN EVERY SECTOR OF ITS MAKE UP.

From sewer spill to sugar spill! Dollars and dollars being drained i.e. SUGAR is eventually being dumped into a pond due to NEGLECT AND POOR MANAGEMENT OF VERY LOW STANDARDS!!

WASTAGE TO THE MAX!! I do feel for the farmers and everyone else that is impacted and let down by what's going on.

Let's watch for the BLAME GAME to commence.



Are we aware that it is known to be the largest public enterprise in the country and 200,000 people rely on the industry for their livelihood.

ISA...SO MUCH DIRTY COVER UPS , THE LIES AND NEGLECTS AND UNDERHAND DEALS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME.

Anonymous said...


SHOCKING!

This shouldn't be happening coz this is bread and butter for those cane-cutters and farmers. What is the government doing about ensuring that these men remain in employment. Seems that Fiji First have neglected the sugar mill so bad it has come to this shocking revelation that huge sugar wastage has been ongoing.

Compare the DIRE need here to the State injecting $10,000,000 into a blooming upgrade for Albert Park!

PATHETIC!

Anonymous said...

To Dina. Dodonu
In your previous post ,you elevated and praised the road projects carried out by this regime.While you sing out publicly your praises you had failed to see what's happening on another side . Here is one. Bainimarama and his govt has failed miserably in addressing the sugar cane situation .They knew too well the corruption and bad vibes in that industry, yet they did nothing. The poor farmers, growers, cane cutters are suffering for a long time and nothing has been done. Qo na dina kei na Dodonu.

Anonymous said...

Josateki Daulako says...

People should not be surprised with what has happened with the sugar cane industry. The sugar cane farmers when they voted Labour party out, they lost their voice in the political arena. The Labour party and the NFP party had fought tooth and nail to keep the sugar industry rolling. Every Government had acknowledged the hard work by the Indians and their tremendous contribution towards the economic growth and stability of the county and particularly in the sugar cane industry, which was one of our biggest economies at one time. Ever since we had the 1987 coup and the coups that followed, we have lost the much needed fund from the European Union of $300 million.

A large population of rural Indians and Fijian farmers rely on the sugar industry and their are those that are employed in the industry and the various businesses that thrive through it.

This Government will collapse the sugar industry.

Why $10 million on the upgrade of Albert Park...why China... Simple.. China is assisting the Fiji Military in areas where Australia, NZ and other countries have backed out. Numerous soldiers have been training or studying in China. Fiji's weapons now come from China.

This Government since 2006 have been spending tax payers money in a nonsensical manner and taking loans from countries like China and before anyone realises it, there will be a big hole too big to climb out off.

Be aware of what is happening and the voices must be heard. The rort by this Government must be challenged.

Anonymous said...

Is there a way for farmers to make some fresh cane juice by themselves and try to bypass FSC?
What would be the best replacement crop in the cane belt for an export market? spices? papaya? root crops? honey?

Fijian farmers need to diversify and probably we need to give up slowly the sugar industry... when the subsidies will stop in a few years, the whole industry will collapse! Wake up everybody!!!

In the meantime, the government has got its priorities all wrong... http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/07/30/flag-bill-work-ongoing/
maybe removing the sugarcane from the coats of arms is the goverment's plan....

:(

Anonymous said...

Sorry you can make your comments but it all comes back to the man in control, Khaiyum himself.
He strategy for release of dividend payouts such as from Fiji airways to government and fnpf is a means of dosing out the fire.
Watch the next dividend payout will be timed as an air freshner in the toilet to put out the foul smell.
Sorry your airfreshner doesn't work any more Mr. khaiyum because its no longer the smell of the air but the smell emitting from your lies, and lies and lies.

Anonymous said...


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Fiji Military And Biosecurity Launch Invasive Species Operation
Joint eradication effort against "American Iguana"

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive February 1, 2015) – The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Biosecurity of Fiji (BAF) have joined forces to launch an operation to eradicate the Giant Invasive Iguana commonly known as the American Iguana from Fiji.

BAF Executive Chairman, Xavier Riyaz Khan says the joint operation with the RFMF is the result of the priority Government has placed on culling the iguanas.

"BAF is grateful to the RFMF for its support and we expect to see a very positive outcome as the result of the operation."

Khan has urged Fijians living on the affected islands to assist the RFMF by providing information about where iguanas have recently been sighted.

"This will truly be a team effort and we are requesting the cooperation and support of all stakeholders to help us win the fight against the Giant Invasive Iguana during this operation," he said.

RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said 130 soldiers will first be deployed to Qamea Island for a two-week period.

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He added that RFMF had assisted BAF's eradication program last year where five soldiers were deployed to Qamea for three months.

"However, the operation this year will be carried out on a much larger scale and we expect it to achieve even better results," he said.

The operation will start this month beginning with Qamea Island and then moving to Matagi, Laucala and Taveuni.

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All the publicity of eradication but no publicity of eradication results. Mr Xavier Khan used the military to buy loyalty for his cousin Mr Khaiyum. Military officers received country allowances and meal allowance for a month in the name of iguana eradication. Word has it that they killed only 24 iguana. How about the iguana burrowed in the ground. Mr khaiyum and his team are using all means to buy military loyalty as they prepare for the next general elections. Mr Tikoitoga is more significant now than Bainimarama unless Mr Tikoitoga is kicked out.

Anonymous said...



PM says that Albert Park is well overdue for a makeover. Its actually going to cost $16M plus to fix the grounds.

BUT what about the makeover for the sugar mill? Which is more important the grounds or the upgrade of the mill which contributes to the success of the economy and sustains the livelihood of the canefarming families.

This is one area where the government seriously needs to take affirmative action.



Anonymous said...

@6:21 PM what's wrong with Albert Park? what's need to be fixed? it's just a flat ground , isn't?

Anonymous said...

3.10am
Well Albert Park is the venue for the Fiji day celebration that marks the hoisting of the new FF flag. The turf needs an upgrade for that prestigious event for various reasons, 2 of them I know are(1) prevent the army 's feet from getting bruised and (2) making sure that their colourfull uniform are not stained during the parade , troop of the color, exercises, etc. The upgrade is necessary to the idiots running the country right now. Look at the millions budgeted for the project. Are they building another stadium? The plight of the people my friend, the suffering of our people in the sugar cane belt will continue.
The solution is vote them out in the next election.

Anonymous said...

@4:07 oilei... people play barefoot in Albert Park, don't they? Army's feet shoudn't get bruised.

I think the people of Fiji are way too afraid to vote FF out. Everybody knows it will lead to another coup. And I also suspect that the opposition is deeply unattractive to a large segment of the population... sad situation.

In the meantime, I will try to do my share for Fiji as it seems that talanoa leads to nothing. I often think I am the only one to love Fiji. Sometimes Fiji makes me angry, but then it's too deep inside of me. Nobody can kill my love for Fiji.

For Fiji, ever Fiji.

Anonymous said...

God's hand in everything. There is a season, a time for God to reveal Himself to the foolish ignorant greedy sinful people of this earth. Our government's attention is centered on IRRELEVANT issues just for show. Meanwhile there are people in this country who have been shunned, cheated, conned, let-down, neglected etc. Lest we forget, what about the pain inflicted by this government on our FNPF pensioners? What about those who were deemed 'enemies' of the state whose daily bread and butter issues were mercilessly cut off for NO GOOD REASON. And, because of this they were suddenly left without jobs - some lost their homes because of the mortgage due, some to the teitei for peace of mind and a desperate attempt to find any means of survival.

Do you think that God does not see these deeds of mischief and injustice?

And here is just one fine example of the WRATH OF GOD who controls the mechanisms of the earth and sky and the seas and land.

Will not the innocent cries of those who have been abandoned be heard by a loving and merciful God? Qarona peoples! May God bless our nation and especially the poor and the suffering due to the great injustice meted against them.



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Anonymous said...



Just think about it - $16 million dollars going to make the earth look pretty, not to plant food for subsistence or find employment for those so desperately in need like the sugar mill like the vatukoula mines for example or to pay back the pension monies they ripped off and stole from our pensioners or to search for some mineral that may add to the Poor budget..NO,NO, NO .. the $16 million dollars is going to be wasted on flattening the earth so that PROUD AND ARROGANT MILITARY BOOTS can DISGRACEFULLY stomp all over it and to herald in and hail the new flag of TREASON!!!

And the foolish leader says 'the park has been long overdue for a makeover'!!! Waaaaaaaat???

Anonymous said...

I'd rather invest 0$ on Albert Park and ask those who really want a new flag to fix the venue for Fiji Day as they see it fit.
I would also spend 0$ on flag advertisement and paperwork and just use common sense for the selection of a new flag. You can't get 900,000 people to agree on something like that anyway, so just go back to the original and it shall be a good compromise for everybody. And stop buying flags from now on until then so we don't waste another dollar on flags in the land of freedom, hope and glory.

It sould be nice if we could have at least one model mill, where even tourists could come and visit, see how rum is made and buy products made of Fiji Sugar. Overseas, there would be even a sugar museum next to the factory with attractions and stuff for sale, etc.. Lautoka really needs something like that. Having a factory accessible to tourists would probably force the management to improve their game.... when people are looking at you, stress goes up... standards have to be maintained. Better to have a smaller production but better commercial aspect, and DIVERSIFY our products/services. We can't seriously keep going on with half of our economy (well it used to be...) in sugar... not a safe bet.

Anonymous said...


Just think about it - $16 million dollars going to make the earth look pretty, not to plant food for subsistence or find employment for those so desperately in need like the sugar mill like the vatukoula mines for example or to pay back the pension monies they ripped off and stole from our pensioners or to search for some mineral that may add to the Poor budget..NO,NO, NO .. the $16 million dollars is going to be wasted on flattening the earth so that PROUD AND ARROGANT MILITARY BOOTS can DISGRACEFULLY stomp all over it and to herald in and hail the new flag of TREASON!!!

And the foolish leader says 'the park has been long overdue for a makeover'!!! Waaaaaaaat???

Anonymous said...



JUST BLOOMING THINK ABOUT IT!!!!! THE EARTH HAS A MAKEOVER!!!! JUST THINK ABOUT IT!!!!


WHAT THE HECK AND GUESS WHAT? THE AMAZING THING ABOUT IT IS ALL THE DUMBASSES SAY "YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!! NO ONE HAS STOOD UP TO SAY ' HEY PRIME MINISTER, WHAT ABOUT THOSE FOLKS THERE FIRST???

YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SHANTY DETERIORATING STATE OF HOMES OF OUR POOR......AND IMAGINE THE $16MILLION GOING TOWARDS JUST AT LEAST RENOVATING IT...FIX THEIR LEAKING ROOFS, GIVE THEM A PROPER FLOORING AT LEAST......AND YES GO BACK TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM AND THOSE ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR JOBS.....OH GOSH

Anonymous said...

The Sugar City has never - strangly - thought about developping itself around the products of sugar... it's only a place where sugarcane gets processed and exported...

Lautoka is the next Nadi, as Nadi might become a bit of a nightmare due to global warming ( floodings every year or so..., etc. ) Lautoka is better located and still in front of the Mamanuca. Lautoka needs a great museum of Sugar, with shops selling handmade products connected to sugar. We need to have good-looking facilities that tourists can visit and nice shops where you can have a glass of bounty with other products made by locals. We don't even have canefield tours where we could talk and meet the real people and hear their stories and learn about their lives. All that would help to create awareness towards the industry as well. More difficult to hide things when the "doors have to be kept open at all times"...

agrotourism it's called.

Anonymous said...

Lets resurrect Chaudhary and national farmers union and really fuck the cane farmers properly. Last time he left the job half done. That should stop the constant and irritating whinge of cane farmers. If the conditions are so bad, why not leave the industry and plant something else. It seems thzt they are happy only wnen leaders like chzudhary are constantly shoving a cane up their arse.

Anonymous said...

Since SUGAR = NCDs, then:

wasting sugar = improving health (1)
wasting sugar = wasting money (2)

therefore:
wasting money = improving health (3)

and as:
coup = wasting money (4)

then:
coup = improving health (5)

How come nobody can get this very simple class 1 level lesson? They teach it in the military.

then


Anonymous said...

Anon 8.48am.
Well I'm sorry we cannot calculate your algebraic expression. You seem to be a mathematician.
Would you be able to solve this question for me please.
I'm one that belong to those who cannot simplify a class 1 question.
Here it is.
In a group of 200 people, 36 are working in FSC, 53 are in the army and 126 are neither in FSC nor in the Army. If 1 of the 200 people is to be chosen at random, what is the probability that the person chosen is in the FSC and not in the army?
Thanks for showing a step by step calculation as well

Anonymous said...

10.45am
Yes, he/she used to use arithmetic to express something in the last topic on cadet training.
I'm happy to know too how is this question is going to be tackled by 8.48am. It's a class 2 question. ....

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 7:55 AM

It's called balance and lets not forget those facilities are also used by those you show concern for.

So lets look at the shanty homes that you see so many of and consider just how many are like that because those living in them have left their villages to seek greener pastures near the towns only to come to the realisation they are unemployable.

And then lets look at how many of those shanty homes are like that because the owners are too darn lazy to live any other way.

And then lets look at how many of those shanty homes are like that because the priority of those living in them is grog, beer and Church.

And then lets look at just how much the government is already being forced to spend to clean up the shite from these shanty towns.

Balance, you can not keep giving to all the poor.

Anonymous said...

Sugar is and always has been a lazy mans crop. Sugar is like grass. It is easy to grow. You don't have to replant every year and easy to look after and that is why most farmers continue with it despite the whining. They simply have more time for grog or engage in easier second incomes like driving a taxi etc. The only problem is the industry was dead 10 years ago and we just don't know it. You see the average cane field in Fiji is about 10 to 15 acres and in most cases hilly. The report released by the Indian technical team a few years ago simply said that this type of small scale farming is uneconomical and unsustainable as they cannot be fully mechanized. They suggested that we should maintain only a handful of large scale farms for local sugar production and use, and stop the rest. This makes complete sense more so now since we will soon end the lucrative deal we have had with the EU. Fiji has a clean green image which should be exploited to the max. The world particularly the rich world is moving towards sustainable farming and organic products. Fiji should re invent itself and become the organic food hub of the Pacific. We can raise organic vegetables for export and and get into large scale beef, pork, egg, and fruit farming all organic of course. We can also grow industrial hemp which is a cousin of the "get high dope" but has none of the effects. The potential is limitless if their are people who are willing to cut the rot know and stop the political footballing of the sugar industry and say enough is enough. That though is the problem. People who are willing to do the right thing don't live in Fiji well i do but no body will vote for me. Our greatest single problem as a nation is "no brain at election time" nothing will change until people in this country start thinking before voting.

Alibaba.

Kamlesh Kumar said...

Funny how Vili Cavuka conveniently decided not to comment on stories that he has no counter-bullshit to pollute this forum with.

Anonymous said...

Josateki Daulako says to Alibaba...you told me that you spent a part of your young life growing up on your Vasu Island of Beqa before moving to Suva so I suppose you have never been involved in planting or harvesting sugar cane.

Noting that you also mention that you have Indian in you, I think your comments saying that sugar cane farming I a lazy men's crop would be offensive to many Indians.

I have tried cutting sugar cane once and it is not a lazy men's crop. You get up at 2am in the morning and cut cane until the sun chases you to the shades. You contend with insects, bees, sharp edges of leaves and the loading of the cane....Planting itself is not as easy as you assume.

Respect should be given to those Indian Farmers who toiled long and hard that at one time, we the nation of Fiji relied on sugar as an economic commodity.

When the Military committed the coups, we lost the financial support needed by Third World Countries like Fiji to sustain the industry and from 1987, it slipped slowly into oblivion. The 2000 and 2006 coups did not help.

Frank made a feeble attempt to salvage the sugar cane industry but that's just about it. The financial reports coming from the Council is questionable and I have gone through them but it is made to look as though the industry is raising itself above water when the truth is that it is drowning.

The recent death of a worker at the Rarawai Mill is indicative of the problems faced by all the mills.

If the industry is to be done away with, the process has to be managed that the 1/3 of the nation relying on employment and other resources from the Industry is not impacted.

Already we have thousands of unemployed and this Government should pool its resources into encouraging investment and business, not awarding tenders to China who bring in their own workers, machinery and equipment and perform a tardy cheapline job.

I agree with your other points though.

Anonymous said...

Josateki Daulako says...And we all thought Balu Khan was a crook and Qarase was unfair.

Read Fiji Times

No say over lease

Luke Rawalai
Friday, July 31, 2015


LANDOWNERS automatically waive their rights to lease conditions when they deposit their land with the Land Bank Unit under the Ministry of Lands.

Director Land Bank Samuela Naicegucegu confirmed this yesterday saying lease agreements were only binding between the tenants and the unit.

Responding to concerns raised by the four landowning units in Nawailevu in Bua regarding how they had not received any lease conditions, Mr Naicegucegu said landowners had no entitlement to the leasing conditions.

This was evident in the meeting held earlier this week where mataqali Naicobo spokesman Vilikesa Kaidawa said when they were first approached about their land being used for bauxite mining, the two officers (who were named at the meeting) from the unit gave them just a short time to look at the documents over the lease.

Mr Kaidawa said at the meeting the landowners were also told whether they agreed or not, the bauxite mining would go ahead.

Representatives of the four landowning units told the Standing Committee on Natural Resources that they were still in the dark about the lease arrangements made between them and Aurum Explorations Fiji Ltd (XINFA).

Aurum Exploration Fiji Ltd's executive Derek Qiu confirmed they did not deal with the landowners to discuss lease conditions.

"We only dealt with Government and not the landowners," Mr Qiu said.

Anonymous said...

@1:29 PM and @ 11:44 AM

Are you guys suggesting there are LAZY people in Fiji?

@10:45 AM is clearly in the military and your question is a Class 2 level so forget it!

Military = class 1.

Anonymous said...

Josateki Daulako says ... We have raised this alarm before and we will raise it again, the Government is selling Fiji and Fijian Resources without proper consultation and advise to the landowners. The landowners gain can be compared to the Rich Men having a lavish meal and the landowner picking and eating the crumbs that fall on the floor.

Vilikesa will probably be taken to the Military Barracks and threatened not to disrupt this regime like has happened to everyone else and we would be interested to know if it does happen.

Now how about the statement by Kaidawa....

"Mr Kaidawa said at the meeting the landowners were also told whether they agreed or not, the bauxite mining would go ahead."

This is typical Regime Military statements and he probably had been told to make this statement.

There is no transparency in all this and the people are slowly learning, the free milk, electricity, water all comes at a price and they are paying for it today by giving up their resources to the Government to manage without them having any say whatsoever.

Once the bauxite mining is finished, the land would be useless and the $400,000.00 would be worth nothing.

Someone said that SODELPA does not have backbone and I agree. They need to completely change their whole perspective and their policies.

The various parties need to unite under one banner and vehemently fight for the plight of the people.

The people do not realise the implications and impact of some of the Governments actions today but they will in the not to distant future.

Anonymous said...

@ 11.44am


I dont think you have made a proper tour of the areas that we call shanty homes. You see and squeak as far as your porky inverted nose goes.

There are very poor people who are struggling if you even care to take a look at these places.

People like you only come on just to make a useless worthless statement.

BIGGEST DUMBASS JOKER YOU ARE! WHY DON'T YOU GO KISS THE EARTH MAKEOVER THAT'S ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE AT ALBERT PARK HUH? ALIEN FREAK!

Anonymous said...

@1:40PM

"I have tried cutting sugar cane once and it is not a lazy men's crop. You get up at 2am in the morning and cut cane until the sun chases you to the shades. You contend with insects, bees, sharp edges of leaves and the loading of the cane....Planting itself is not as easy as you assume. "

How many days of harvesting and planting altogether during the year?
No disrespect, but I can find people in other industries who are toiling as hard as sugarcane farmers during the harvesting/planting period but they do it on a much longer and regular period...

The percentage of hard work will be determined by

P = (time harvesting + time planting) / 365 times 100

It's a class 1 level problem so that our friends in the military can still understand.

If P < 30, I would say the word LAZY is appropriate.
If P > 30 and P<60, I would say the word RELAX is ok.

I suppose that the real hard workers were those who had to prepare the land during the indenture times when all the place was bushy.




Anonymous said...

@11:44 am & 2:00 Pm

you both have 50% of the truth I think.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:05pm.. The key word in 1:40pm's comments is respect. People toil and work hard to support the country's economy. The sugar industry is one of them for which you and I and the military have enjoyed its benefits. No good calling people lazy or trying to come up with some dumb ass mathematical calculation of it all. Its a matter of respecting what people have done and continue to do. Everyone who works and pays taxes and contributes to the economy cannot be coined lazy. Only those who have their hands out to the Government 'kerekere' are lazy to do the work. Now work that out.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:05pm.. The key word in 1:40pm's comments is respect. People toil and work hard to support the country's economy. The sugar industry is one of them for which you and I and the military have enjoyed its benefits. No good calling people lazy or trying to come up with some dumb ass mathematical calculation of it all. Its a matter of respecting what people have done and continue to do. Everyone who works and pays taxes and contributes to the economy cannot be coined lazy. Only those who have their hands out to the Government 'kerekere' are lazy to do the work. Now work that out.

MOCEjo said...

@ 1.45pm


What a joke! That's the reason why the government created a LAND BANK. It was to grab and keep possession of your inheritance, yes your land, and deposit it forever into a LAND BANK!

Do we all get it yet or not? You have been duped if you had willingly handed your inheritance over to the government. You have no more say nor right to it. You or your next generation will in all likelihood not get it back. You just WAIT for the amount the government dishes out to you and if you should protest, they just have to pull out that long dreaded document you had signed in the first place...you know when you handed your LAND over. At the end of the day YOU DO NOT OWN YOUR LAND, the government does.

And that's what it is all about - it's about this government DEMORALIZING the ITAUKEI without them knowing until they all come to notice that a BIG HOLE is being excavated in their front yard or back yard or they are being told that their LAND under the false protection of the government is going to be a newly developed site for some dangerous or unlawful project that will boost the economy while at the same time endanger the lives of the community nearby or be a ecological disaster to the forest and its creatures nearby.

IF YOU ONCE HAD LAND AND YOU HANDED IT OVER - SAY GOODBYE JOE!!

Anonymous said...

@ 1.56pm

MOCEjo says thank you for enlightening us on this topic.

It is the obvious truth. If only the people will wake up to the daylight and see what is going on.

I agree with you - the Itaukei is slowly pushed aside and the 'new relations' with China and India and whatever is taking over!

WAKE UP SLEEPYHEADS. YOU ARE BEING RIPPED OFF STRAIGHT TO YOUR FACE!!

Anonymous said...



@11.44am


Can you stop displaying yourself as a shanty head?

Vinaka.






Anonymous said...


WELL, LOOKS AS IF THERE IS SOME HEAVY REPERCUSSIONS GOING ON AT THE MILITARY CAMP!

CHECK FIJI LEAKS OUT. RINGARINGAROSY.....WEALLFALLDOWN.

Anonymous said...

@2:37 PM so when one puts land in the land bank, one can't take it back after a certain amount of time?
what is the document people have to sign actually? what are the safeguards for landowners?

Anonymous said...

@ 3:04pm...it does not happen in the manner 2:37pm may have described but he/ she is not far from the truth. The Government had created a decree whereby if they consider a piece of land has resources that would benefit the Government, they can put this piece of land in the landbank without seeking the permission of the landlord. Like Kaidawa said...whether you like it or not..its going ahead because legally, the Government through the Land Bank Commission has the legal right to take possession of a land for the so called benefit of the country. The people of Bua obviously realise now the impact of the bauxite mining on their land and the royalty and compensation the are receiving will not compensate them for a land they will literally not be able to use in the next three to five generations.

We dealing with China here and these people have no morals. For them it is all about financial gains. They will strip the world of everything just to make money.

What this tells you is that there are some people in Government who would have benefitted from this and hey...Red Envelopes have been passed around constantly to shut people up.

China is Fiji's Red Herring and we are dancing with the Devil.

Anonymous said...

8 48 am and 1 47pm.
I'm not in the freaken army.
Can you solve the math question boci. Are you that smart enough to solve it or dumb?. If you can't solve it, shut the fuck up, you idiot and stop using variables a=, b=, c= , etc..to publish your point. People here are smart, we are not that dumb like you.
Perhaps ask Vili Rakoro to help you simplify that math since he's someone like you , calling everyone against him idiots.

Anonymous said...

@3:13 PM wow so the constitution allows for the government to take over land for mining purposes? That's national interest? I thought national interest would mean roads, maybe airport or something really important like a hospital or a dam maybe.

so in the case of Bua, nobody there understood what they were signing? everybody is dumb or what?

yes Chinese have little time for ethics in business...but so are other nationalities...including noqu vanua. Humans only too human.

Anonymous said...

In order to prove that I am not a robot - and that is the case believe me - I had to select all the sweet cakes amongst a list of pictures.
All that sugar in our face everyday is making me sick.
Would be better to select some veges or fruits.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE BEEN TO PENANG MILL, RAKIRAKI,THE PICTURES SHOW SOMETHING ELSE,LOOKS LIKE AN ABANDONED MINE GARAGE IN VATUKOULA. THE PENANG MILL DOESNT LOOK A BIT LIKE THE PICTURES.

WHAT THE PICTURES ACTUALLY SHOW ARE THE VATUKOULA DUMP SITE AND THE OLD GARAGE NEARBY, CLOSE TO SMITH SHAFT.IT IS NOW ABANDONED.

ANOTHER HOAX AND FOOLISH ATTEMPT BY SODLEPA LOSERS TO DISCREDIT THE MIGHTY FIJI FIRST GOVERNMENT.

Anonymous said...

@3:18 PM

O...o. I fear the math guy was actually making fun of the military, but you were just plain too... dumb to get the joke.

"we are not that dumb like you"

mmm

the fact you ask the guy to resolve that dumb class 2 question suggests you might actually be curious to know the answer...

you are a clever person, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2.00pm.
Can you solve the math question posted to you by 10 45am.?
Why are you evading it?

Anonymous said...

Josateki Daulako says...Land Use Decree 2010 was made by the President as the President and Commander in Chief of the Fiji Limitary Forces by virtue of the Executive Authority of Fiji Decree 2009.

Its objectives:
a. To utilise designated native land in a manner that is in the best interest of native land owners; and
b. to utilise designated crownland with a view to achieving optimal return to the State.

A Land Use Unit was thus established to provide LONGER TENURE OF LEASES (99 YEARS)

Section 6 (1) and (2) are interesting because the PM has the power here to (2) USE HIS DISCRETION TO DESIGNATE LAND FOR UTILISATION UNDER THIS DECREE.

You own the Land..the PM says move it to LUU...its gone...like it or not.

Now Part 7 of the Decree leaves landowners voiceless and they cannot say anything....

15(1) NO COURTM, TRIBUNAL, COMMISSION OR ANY OTHER ADJUDICATING BODY SHALL HAVE THE JURISDICTION TO ACCEPT, HEAR, DETERMINE OR IN ANY WAY ENTERTAIN ANY PROCEEDING, CLAIM, CHALLENGE OR DISPUTE BY ANY PERSON OR BODY WHICH SEEKS OR PURPOTS TO CHALLENGE OR QUESTION -

A). THE VALIDITY, LEGALITY OR PROPRIETY OF THIS DECREE;
B). ANY DECISION OF ANY MINISTER OR ANY STATE OFFICIAL OR BODY MADE UNDER THIS DECREE;
C). THE TERMS AND CONDITION OF LEASE ISSUED Y THE DIRECTOR OF LAND UNDER THIS DECREE; OR
D). THE VALIDITY OF THE CANCELLATION OF ANY LEASES, LICENSE OR OTHER INSTRUMENTS

The above is so broad that a landowner is basically screwed and cannot challenge the LUU under this decree - hence the statement by Kaidawa - WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

PART 7 (3) states that if any proceedings, claim, challenge application or dispute is made, it all gets referred to the Chief Registrar for TERMINATION. You CANNOT CHALLENGE IT.

This is what I am HARPING ABOUT...The MILITARY DECREES that SHUTS PEOPLE DOWN.

Whether created by Khaiyum, the MILITARY comprising of 97% FIJIAN MEN and WOMEN support it and they are LANDOWNERS and it DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL THAT THESE FIJIANS SUPPORT SUCH A DECREE. The People of BUA CRY OUT but under this DECREE... NOTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT....

WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT - its going ahead. This is the GOVERNMENT the people have supported...THIEVES AND GREEDY SCROUNDELS NOTHING MORE.





Anonymous said...

Boci!! 3.29pm. Yea the guy is you, baku!
Just admit that you don't know the answer. And stop belittling bloggers here with your fancy dumb arithmetic expression. .

KUA NI RERE said...

@anonymous 3:27
I heard 2 people fell into that mill in the last 2wks.
The first one died.
The second one fell in yesterday. Severe burns. Might die too.
WONDERFUL MILL PENAG MILL. (...NOT....)


Accident at mill

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, July 31, 2015


POLICE have confirmed another accident at the Rarawai sugar mill in Ba where a worker fell into a vessel containing extremely hot liquid.

It is understood he suffered extensive burns and was rushed to the Lautoka Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said a report had been received at the Ba Police Station.

"I can confirm that an incident occurred at the mill resulting in the hospitalisation of a worker," she said.

The incident comes days after another worker passed away allegedly from injuries sustained at the mill when he was entangled in a conveyor transporting bagasse.

Keni Senimoli, 44, died last Sunday enroute to the hospital, leaving behind five children all under the age of 18.

Sugar permanent secretary Viliame Gucake said he was not aware of the incident when contacted last night.

Calls made to Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman Abdul Khan were not answered.

Anonymous said...

Daulako Bula,

For your information i currently live in the west. I never said that cane cutting is easy. Owning a cane farm is easy. Yes they do get to wake up early in the morning the farmers i mean. But the work on the farm is usually over by sunrise as their is not much to do. Aside from the occasional replanting, giving fertilizer in the growth stage and clearing grass again at the growth stage not much is needed for the cane to be ready for the mill. In others words not much work required in between and that is why you will see farmers driving cabs vans or doing other manual work during the periods between harvesting. If that is not an easy crop than what is. The very fact that it is a hard crop to harvest is becoming the industries greatest problem as most farmers are finding it hard to find "slave labor" to cut the cane.I have a brother in law who happens to be a cane farmer i know what he is going through.

Point is the industry was dead a long time ago and we should not continue to flog a dead horse. I say this all the time and i say this again. Our country has great similarities to NZ. We must study them and adopt the best policies they have albeit with minor changes to suit us. Talking to FF officials is like trying to talk to the volcanic rocks in Ra about this fact. The only difference is the rocks in RA are actually a marvel of nature and the officials are fuck ups of nature.

Alibaba

Anonymous said...

Josateki Daulako says... point taken Alibaba

Suomynona said...

Pure wastage indeed which clearly shows how sugar harvesting and farmer's efforts have all ended up in vain due to poor management of the mills.

I can see money being poured down the drain here that its no surprise how FSC are hiding those reports from government by sweeping the truth under the rug.

Fortunately there are other ways that the truth can still be brought out into the open, leaving FSC answerable for its misdeeds.

Wasted sugar due to mechanical problems is a pathetic excuse that should have been avoided a long time ago when the so-called FijiFlop party allegedly "won" the election by their own means.

Anonymous said...

@3:36 PM Vinaka vakalevu. It's more clear now.

Is there any known case so far where the PM used Section 6(2), that is, a case where landowners were actually robbed of their land? In the case of Bua, did the landowners agree/understood what they were doing or did they just look at the $$$ and put their signatures at the bottom of the page?

One thing I suspect, and I hope that I am wrong, is that many iTaukeis have actually given up interest over their land as they moved to urban areas looking for the "bright lights" and more "freedom". One other reason of moving out from the village setting could be that they have actually no real control either over their land traditionally (disputes amongst clans, and money going all to the same person, etc.) So when that decree came in, a lot of owners came to understand they would be better getting a little bit of free money (shared lease) than nothing at all under the previous "vakavanua" system. Is that far stretched or can it be a partial explanation as to why so many Fijians have supported FF?

To me, that very harsh decree sounds like the product of an administration totally pissed off by the iTaukei traditions/quarrels/lack of entrepreneurship and desperatly looking for quick economic growth from foreign (maybe local non-iTaukei) investors. It is indeed a very radical piece of law!