Home » Uncategorized » Remember the Government promise to assist the development of the rice industry?. “It is one thing to talk of making Fiji self sufficient in rice, and another to actually adopt practical measures to assist the local rice industry grow,” the source said.

Remember the Government promise to assist the development of the rice industry?. “It is one thing to talk of making Fiji self sufficient in rice, and another to actually adopt practical measures to assist the local rice industry grow,” the source said.

Rewa Rice in financial problems

Farmers in the Muanicevo Rice Irrigation Scheme at Dreketi in Vanua Levu are complaining that Rewa Rice is no longer buying paddy from them on a regular basis because of financial problems.

A number of farmers who supplied paddy to the company have still not been paid in full. Farmers are upset because they have their own costs to meet.

One of the farmers owed money said he was told that the company was facing financial problems and would pay them in installments as and when it received money from sales of rice.

“This is unfair. I have spent almost five months tending to the crop in the hope of receiving full payment on purchase by Rewa Rice.

“I have bills to pay and must meet my other financial commitments but I have been left stranded. I am seriously thinking of moving out to Viti Levu in search of wage employment,” said another farmer who is owed more than half the value of the crop he sold to Rewa Rice several months ago.

According to sources in Rewa Rice this problem started in 2009 on account of the company being cash strapped, and has worsened progressively to a point where it is now poses a serious threat to the future of the local rice industry.

Meanwhile, the company has about 400 tonnes of paddy stored in silos since last year at its Muanicevo depot but is unable to mill it because the paddy retrieval system is out of order. Farmers are concerned that the paddy will rot unless the retrieval machine is fixed soon.

Not only that, Dreketi rice farmers are forced to travel to Labasa to receive payments for their paddy. It is an hour’s drive, incurring extra costs to the farmer. While the mill, weighing stations and silos are in Dreketi, for some reason the Rewa Rice office is situated in Labasa.

Another problem confronting the farmers is the poor marketing arrangements for local rice resulting in reduced sales. Unfortunately, the government is not helping by promoting the consumption of local rice in its own institutions such as the army, prisons, hospitals and boarding schools.

“If these institutions bought rice from us then we would have no problems in increasing production and making full payment to farmers on delivery,” a Rewa Rice source said.

“It is one thing to talk of making Fiji self sufficient in rice, and another to actually adopt practical measures to assist the local rice industry grow,” the source said.

S. Lal

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12 thoughts on “Remember the Government promise to assist the development of the rice industry?. “It is one thing to talk of making Fiji self sufficient in rice, and another to actually adopt practical measures to assist the local rice industry grow,” the source said.

  1. Typical really – rather than focus on our existing industries, Frank and Aiyaz would rather take out huge loans from China and travel the world giving meaningless speeches.

    Hooray for progress eh?

  2. It looks like extreme incompetence and poor planning. Obviously the farmers will not continue to grow rice unless they can sell it and get paid for it. Elementary, really, but the illegal dictatorship doesn’t seem to understand basic economics.

  3. May be Ratu Sai can come to Fiji and take over management of Rewa Rice.
    He can either turn it around or push it under pronto.

    But I guess he only comments from the comfort of his farm in NZ and would not
    dare live under the regime he adores.

  4. This should be brought to the attention of the relevent minister or even the Hon. Prime Minister, who I am confident will be able to resolve.

    This blog is not the place to raise such issues as you will not find any assistance from any one in here.

    You have many sick bloggers like the above three musketeers.

  5. Marketing of local rice has been a major obstacle to rice self sufficiency for a long time.

    Rice farmers by cane farmers was a common site in the sugar belt once. Many now abandoned and weedy lands in Nakelo and Rewa used to be under rice plantations before….what has happened?

  6. Kezy

    You dope;why take it to the relevant Minister? The bloody lot of them should know what is happening. The rice industry is going down the same path as the sugar industry and the morons running Fiji have not got a clue what to do.

    You are just as dum as the as oles you support.

  7. @Namadila

    Many people who used to plant rice in Nakelo did so with special arrangements with itaukei from Nakelo, Namuka, Tumavia etc.

    Thses people, mostly indians( and children) are no longer in Nakelo, kids have grown up and are now working in Suva or migrated overseas.

  8. @Sotia Baku

    Its not Ratu Sai, its you who can do such acts.

    You were a prominant coup supporter in 1987 and then again in 2000.

    What you harping about now? Have you also lost power, government connections, you corrupt man.

  9. @ Kezy

    If the relevant ministers and other officials don’t already know about and understand the problem, there is absolutely no point in calling it to their attention. The only way they could be unaware of the problem would be if they are completely incompetent in which case calling it to their attention would accomplish nothing. That should be obvious.

  10. @Ram Sami
    If the cause of abondoning rice planting in Nakelo and Rewa and Navua is younger generation leaving the land, then this issue should be addressed by the Govt..if they are interested in rice self sufficiency…

    …but if rice farmers plant rice, but do not get paid for their produce as the Vanua Levu farmers are experiencing with Rewa Rice Mill, then farmers will turn their backs on rice planting. Sharon S, will you tell your boss to do something???? for a change??

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