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$2.8 Million Boost For Cane Growers

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GOVERNMENT last week handed over 30 Mahindra tractors worth $2.8 million to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the handover event at the Lautoka Girmit Centre last Thursday.

The tractors and farming implements will be hired out to farmers at a nominal rate that was expected to be much lower than the $100 an acre charged by tractor owners across the cane belt area.

Shahin Khan, a female grower from Sigatoka who harvests about 1500 tonnes from 34 acres, said the new tractors managed by FSC would bring relief to farmers.

“This will reduce costs for us and will also entice farmers who plant on small acreage to increase their farm size,” she said

Source : Fiji Times
Date : 30th March, 2018

GOVERNMENT last week handed over 30 Mahindra tractors worth $2.8 million to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the handover event at the Lautoka Girmit Centre last Thursday.

The tractors and farming implements will be hired out to farmers at a nominal rate that was expected to be much lower than the $100 an acre charged by tractor owners across the cane belt area.

Shahin Khan, a female grower from Sigatoka who harvests about 1500 tonnes from 34 acres, said the new tractors managed by FSC would bring relief to farmers.

“This will reduce costs for us and will also entice farmers who plant on small acreage to increase their farm size,” she said

Source : Fiji Times
Date : 30th March, 2018

Mahindra Tractors – Get It Done With Ease

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Mahindra tractors deliver high level productivity at an economical price. The tractors come standard with a high performance engine, heavy duty synchronize transmission, designed to match the impressive power and torque characteristics of the engine. Controls are fairly simple and easy to sort out. The dash is clear and uncluttered with gauges to show engine temperature, rpm and fuel level as well as a series of warning and display lights.

A comfortable and adjust¬able seat positions the opera¬tor with good visibility in all directions. Independent pedals control the brakes which are fully enclosed dry discs at the rear. The fuel efficient Mahindra Tractors are rugged, reliable and compact that provides with the power, features and ability to get any job done at a fraction of the cost. Extremely easy to operate and maintain very user friendly and with excellent sure footed confidence inspiring both two and four-wheel drive, enables them to undertake the tough¬est and widest range of work, the Mahindra Series tractors are the perfect fit for any farm or ranch, small holding, landscaping business or commercial property.

Mahindra range of Tractors along with its farm implements are available from CarCity showroom, located at 88 Jerusalem Road, Nabua, Suva and on Queens Road Navo Nadi. All new Mahindra tractors are backed by a 12month/2000hours warranty in Fiji.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: March 31st, 2018

Mahindra tractors deliver high level productivity at an economical price. The tractors come standard with a high performance engine, heavy duty synchronize transmission, designed to match the impressive power and torque characteristics of the engine. Controls are fairly simple and easy to sort out. The dash is clear and uncluttered with gauges to show engine temperature, rpm and fuel level as well as a series of warning and display lights.

A comfortable and adjust¬able seat positions the opera¬tor with good visibility in all directions. Independent pedals control the brakes which are fully enclosed dry discs at the rear. The fuel efficient Mahindra Tractors are rugged, reliable and compact that provides with the power, features and ability to get any job done at a fraction of the cost. Extremely easy to operate and maintain very user friendly and with excellent sure footed confidence inspiring both two and four-wheel drive, enables them to undertake the tough¬est and widest range of work, the Mahindra Series tractors are the perfect fit for any farm or ranch, small holding, landscaping business or commercial property.

Mahindra range of Tractors along with its farm implements are available from CarCity showroom, located at 88 Jerusalem Road, Nabua, Suva and on Queens Road Navo Nadi. All new Mahindra tractors are backed by a 12month/2000hours warranty in Fiji.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: March 31st, 2018

Making Life Better For Farmers

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The handing over of 30 tractors to the Fiji Sugar Corporation by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will help mechanize cane farming.

This also means it makes life easier and better for the farmers and brings world class tools to bear in the sugar cane industry.

The 30 Mahindra 9500 92 horsepower four-wheel drive tractors present an investment of $2.8 million from Government.
The tractors would be rented out to farmers at minimum costs and would come with employed drivers trained to handle the equipment.

Farming implements will also be available, including ploughs, rippers, rotovators, harrows, slashers, cane planters, fertilizer boxes and boom sprayers.

All these implements are attached to the tractors when in use and are available on hire to farmers at minimal costs.
“So as a farmer, all you need to do is focus on your business, the business of farming cane, and let these tractors and drivers assist with land preparation and cane planting, and watch your production costs fall dramatically,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“This investment is a key pillar of the FSC’s five-year plan to mechanize this industry, make life better and easier for our farmers, and make our sugar industry more competitive.

“As far as the timing of this handover, it couldn’t be better, as we are on the cusp of the replanting season.
“So you will soon all be able to join the many millions of farmers around the world who rely on these best in class tractors to get the job done in time for the next season.”

FSC plans to order more mechanical harvesters, haulage trucks and new field vehicles to serve the cane farmers around the country.

Mr Bainimarama said Government was taking this industry into a new era of modernization and prosperity.

“We are giving you, our cane farmers, the tools and the resources you need to be the most productive you can be, even in the face of our changing climate, a changing industry and a changing global marketplace,” he said.

He said the beauty of mechanization was that it not only reduced the intense man hours necessary to deliver a successful season and protected farmers from labor shortages.

Presently, there are 21 cane farmer cooperatives, each assisted by Government with $90,000 as deposit payments on mechanical harvesters and with that there has been an increase in the percentage of cane harvested by mechanical harvesters from 8 per cent last year to 18 per cent.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date : March 30th, 2018

The handing over of 30 tractors to the Fiji Sugar Corporation by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will help mechanize cane farming.

This also means it makes life easier and better for the farmers and brings world class tools to bear in the sugar cane industry.

The 30 Mahindra 9500 92 horsepower four-wheel drive tractors present an investment of $2.8 million from Government.
The tractors would be rented out to farmers at minimum costs and would come with employed drivers trained to handle the equipment.

Farming implements will also be available, including ploughs, rippers, rotovators, harrows, slashers, cane planters, fertilizer boxes and boom sprayers.

All these implements are attached to the tractors when in use and are available on hire to farmers at minimal costs.
“So as a farmer, all you need to do is focus on your business, the business of farming cane, and let these tractors and drivers assist with land preparation and cane planting, and watch your production costs fall dramatically,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“This investment is a key pillar of the FSC’s five-year plan to mechanize this industry, make life better and easier for our farmers, and make our sugar industry more competitive.

“As far as the timing of this handover, it couldn’t be better, as we are on the cusp of the replanting season.
“So you will soon all be able to join the many millions of farmers around the world who rely on these best in class tractors to get the job done in time for the next season.”

FSC plans to order more mechanical harvesters, haulage trucks and new field vehicles to serve the cane farmers around the country.

Mr Bainimarama said Government was taking this industry into a new era of modernization and prosperity.

“We are giving you, our cane farmers, the tools and the resources you need to be the most productive you can be, even in the face of our changing climate, a changing industry and a changing global marketplace,” he said.

He said the beauty of mechanization was that it not only reduced the intense man hours necessary to deliver a successful season and protected farmers from labor shortages.

Presently, there are 21 cane farmer cooperatives, each assisted by Government with $90,000 as deposit payments on mechanical harvesters and with that there has been an increase in the percentage of cane harvested by mechanical harvesters from 8 per cent last year to 18 per cent.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date : March 30th, 2018

TappooCity Lautoka The Grand Official Opening

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TappooCity Lautoka Becomes Heart And Soul Of Sugar City

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Before it was even officially opened TappooCity Lautoka was buzzing with life.

It has become the undoubted heart and soul of the Sugar City.

The Bainimarama Government through its policies has brought unprecedented development into the lives of the Fijian people, supported by years of economic growth.

And among that slate of development was this brand new, $30 million TappooCity Lautoka project.

The government’s management of the Fijian economy hasn’t only brought us growth; it has put more money back in the pockets of ordinary people

Tappoo Group of Companies chairman Kanti Lal Tappoo expressed his gratitude to key partners, the Lautoka City Council and the Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala who have been very supportive of this project.

Mr. Tappoo is delighted that they took the risk of developing the international standard TappooCity Lautoka project, despite the risks. And for them it’s paying off.

Every day, the complex is busy and filled with crowds of locals and tourists alike who come to enjoy the shopping, food and entertainment.

Shopping malls in so many ways have become a place where whole families spend their free time.

Modern shopping malls such as TappooCity Lautoka are the answer to the needs of contemporary clients who expect a comprehensive offer in pleasant surroundings, and seamlessly combine shopping with other activities.

It is home to restaurants, stores and other outlets.

As stated by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the complex last Saturday. This development is proof positive that our journey forward as a nation isn’t only happening in Suva, or down the coast in Nadi. It is happening right here, and this project is very much part of building Lautoka into a premier city in Fiji, and the whole of the Pacific.

So a big hearty congratulation to the Tappoo family for its vision to build a beacon of light in the heart of Lautoka City.

Media: The Fiji Sun

Date: 24th January

Before it was even officially opened TappooCity Lautoka was buzzing with life.

It has become the undoubted heart and soul of the Sugar City.

The Bainimarama Government through its policies has brought unprecedented development into the lives of the Fijian people, supported by years of economic growth.

And among that slate of development was this brand new, $30 million TappooCity Lautoka project.

The government’s management of the Fijian economy hasn’t only brought us growth; it has put more money back in the pockets of ordinary people

Tappoo Group of Companies chairman Kanti Lal Tappoo expressed his gratitude to key partners, the Lautoka City Council and the Minister for Local Government Parveen Bala who have been very supportive of this project.

Mr. Tappoo is delighted that they took the risk of developing the international standard TappooCity Lautoka project, despite the risks. And for them it’s paying off.

Every day, the complex is busy and filled with crowds of locals and tourists alike who come to enjoy the shopping, food and entertainment.

Shopping malls in so many ways have become a place where whole families spend their free time.

Modern shopping malls such as TappooCity Lautoka are the answer to the needs of contemporary clients who expect a comprehensive offer in pleasant surroundings, and seamlessly combine shopping with other activities.

It is home to restaurants, stores and other outlets.

As stated by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the complex last Saturday. This development is proof positive that our journey forward as a nation isn’t only happening in Suva, or down the coast in Nadi. It is happening right here, and this project is very much part of building Lautoka into a premier city in Fiji, and the whole of the Pacific.

So a big hearty congratulation to the Tappoo family for its vision to build a beacon of light in the heart of Lautoka City.

Media: The Fiji Sun

Date: 24th January

TappooCity Lautoka Official Opening by PM

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The million TappooCity Lautoka project was officially opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last Saturday. The PM acknowledged the Tappoo family for their continued confidence in the Fijian economy.

“That work has made it a very exciting time to be a Fijian and an equally exciting time to invest in Fiji. And I’d like to again thank the Tappoo Group for making this major investment in Fiji, on behalf of the many Fijians who are working here and in the surrounding businesses, and all those who now look to this new shopping centre as a fixture of the Lautoka cityscape,” he said.

The investment has created hundreds of jobs.

Media: The Fiji Times

Date: 24th January 2018

The million TappooCity Lautoka project was officially opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last Saturday. The PM acknowledged the Tappoo family for their continued confidence in the Fijian economy.

“That work has made it a very exciting time to be a Fijian and an equally exciting time to invest in Fiji. And I’d like to again thank the Tappoo Group for making this major investment in Fiji, on behalf of the many Fijians who are working here and in the surrounding businesses, and all those who now look to this new shopping centre as a fixture of the Lautoka cityscape,” he said.

The investment has created hundreds of jobs.

Media: The Fiji Times

Date: 24th January 2018

The New TappooCity Lautoka

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The new TappooCity Lautoka, which was opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on January 20,2018. The Tappoo Group has invested in excess of $30 million to build TappooCity Lautoka. The Tappoo Group has diverse business interests in tourism and travel, retail and wholesale, manufacturing and exports, motor vehicle sales and servicing, commercial real estate investments.

Media: The Fiji Sun

Date: 22nd January

The new TappooCity Lautoka, which was opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on January 20,2018. The Tappoo Group has invested in excess of $30 million to build TappooCity Lautoka. The Tappoo Group has diverse business interests in tourism and travel, retail and wholesale, manufacturing and exports, motor vehicle sales and servicing, commercial real estate investments.

Media: The Fiji Sun

Date: 22nd January

New City Icon Opens

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Tappoo Group of Companies chairman Kanti Lal Tappoo at the opening of TappooCity Lautoka on January 20, 2018.

Media: The Fiji Sun

Date: 21st January

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Tappoo Group of Companies chairman Kanti Lal Tappoo at the opening of TappooCity Lautoka on January 20, 2018.

Media: The Fiji Sun

Date: 21st January

Tappoo Group Committed To Fiji: Chairman

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Kanti Lal Tappoo says Fiji can be rest assured that they will continue to invest here.

The chairman of Tappoo Group of Companies made the commitment at the official opening of TappooCity Lautoka last night.

Mr. Tappoo said exciting work had already begun in their other business fronts.

“As many of you are aware, the Tappoo Group has diverse business interests which include tourism and travel, retail and wholesale, manufacturing and exports, motor vehicle sales and servicing, commercial real estate and investments.

“We strongly believe in our corporate social responsibilities.

“Amongst others, we are currently doing preliminary planning for two projects in Sigatoka, the community in which we were raised.

“One is the beautification project along the town’s riverfront.

“The other is the construction of a children’s park on a location where my father started his small workshop.

“Talks are still underway, and we are hopeful that we will soon be able to finalise the details so that ground works can commence.

“In addition and in tribute to our founder, and to mark this auspicious milestone, I am happy to announce that the Tappoo Group, through its Tappoo Charitable Foundation, will invest a further $150,000 towards the projects for the poor and needy people of Fiji.”

Mr. Tappoo said in due course they would release details of how these funds would be utilized.

“We take our role as corporate leaders very seriously,” he said.

“In addition to our commitment to giving back to the community that has made us what we are, we will always strive to be an exemplary corporate citizen of our beloved nation.

“We have held gold membership status with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services ever since its inception, and we are fully committed to maintaining that at all times.”

The Tappoo Group has invested in excess of $30 million to build TappooCity Lautoka.

“It was an investment necessary for the standard you see before you today.

“This vision would not have been possible without the cooperation of all our partners, local and international.

“We are also proud of our tenants at TappooCity Lautoka.

“Quite a few of these are young entrepreneurs and small to medium size enterprises who have the opportunity to grow with the success of TappooCity Lautoka.

“This opportunity will further boost the confidence of those who have the vision to start businesses in Fiji.

Mr. Tappoo expressed his gratitude to key partners, the Lautoka City Council and the Minister for Local Government Praveen Bala (who was the City administrator at the time)who have been very supportive of this project.

“We are delighted that our confidence to undertake this project, despite the risks, is paying off.

“Every day now this complex is buzzing with life, crowds of locals and tourists alike come to enjoy the shopping and the food and entertainment.”

Media: The Fiji sun

Date: 21st January

Kanti Lal Tappoo says Fiji can be rest assured that they will continue to invest here.

The chairman of Tappoo Group of Companies made the commitment at the official opening of TappooCity Lautoka last night.

Mr. Tappoo said exciting work had already begun in their other business fronts.

“As many of you are aware, the Tappoo Group has diverse business interests which include tourism and travel, retail and wholesale, manufacturing and exports, motor vehicle sales and servicing, commercial real estate and investments.

“We strongly believe in our corporate social responsibilities.

“Amongst others, we are currently doing preliminary planning for two projects in Sigatoka, the community in which we were raised.

“One is the beautification project along the town’s riverfront.

“The other is the construction of a children’s park on a location where my father started his small workshop.

“Talks are still underway, and we are hopeful that we will soon be able to finalise the details so that ground works can commence.

“In addition and in tribute to our founder, and to mark this auspicious milestone, I am happy to announce that the Tappoo Group, through its Tappoo Charitable Foundation, will invest a further $150,000 towards the projects for the poor and needy people of Fiji.”

Mr. Tappoo said in due course they would release details of how these funds would be utilized.

“We take our role as corporate leaders very seriously,” he said.

“In addition to our commitment to giving back to the community that has made us what we are, we will always strive to be an exemplary corporate citizen of our beloved nation.

“We have held gold membership status with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services ever since its inception, and we are fully committed to maintaining that at all times.”

The Tappoo Group has invested in excess of $30 million to build TappooCity Lautoka.

“It was an investment necessary for the standard you see before you today.

“This vision would not have been possible without the cooperation of all our partners, local and international.

“We are also proud of our tenants at TappooCity Lautoka.

“Quite a few of these are young entrepreneurs and small to medium size enterprises who have the opportunity to grow with the success of TappooCity Lautoka.

“This opportunity will further boost the confidence of those who have the vision to start businesses in Fiji.

Mr. Tappoo expressed his gratitude to key partners, the Lautoka City Council and the Minister for Local Government Praveen Bala (who was the City administrator at the time)who have been very supportive of this project.

“We are delighted that our confidence to undertake this project, despite the risks, is paying off.

“Every day now this complex is buzzing with life, crowds of locals and tourists alike come to enjoy the shopping and the food and entertainment.”

Media: The Fiji sun

Date: 21st January

PM Praises New TappooCity Complex

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the new TappooCity development in Lautoka is proof positive that our journey forward as a nation isn’t only happening in Suva or down the Nadi coast.

“It is happening right here,” Mr. Bainimarama said while officially opening the complex last night.

“This project is very much part of building Lautoka into a premier city in Fiji, and the whole of the Pacific.

“I remember back in October of last year when we held our national Constitution Day ceremony in the West for the very first time. Fijians from all across Viti Levu were right here in Lautoka, filling your streets with energy, festivities and celebration,” he said.

“And I’m sure every business owner and shopkeeper in Lautoka remembers that weekend fondly as well.

“We held those celebrations in Lautoka because we are committed to making this city a centre of our national life, a Fijian hub of activity, prosperity and development.

“Of course, that work isn’t only about national celebrations, it is about attracting investment, creating jobs and making Lautoka – and our entire Western Division – a better place to live, work and – quite simply – enjoy life.

“All throughout the West we’ve delivered development; new roads and bridges, water, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure, and a state-of-the-art airport in Nadi. “We’ve widened the reach of Government services to make life more convenient, and we’ve created an economic environment that is building businesses, attracting investment and making life better for every Fijian who calls our Western Division home.

“Development of that scale cannot take place in a stagnant economy. It can only take place when a nation is growing and on the move, as Fiji has been the past decade. It can only take place when our partners in the private sector share our vision and belief for what is possible.

“And it can only take place when we focus on the big picture, and carry out an agenda that brings long-term success and prosperity.

“Our economy is booming, our unemployment is the lowest we’ve seen in 30 years, and – on the back of an education revolution – we are fielding the most talented workforce in Fijian history. And I’m very glad to note that we have over 300 Fijians employed right here in TappooCity, Lautoka.

“My fellow Fijians, the Fiji we know today wasn’t built by talk, smiles and false promises – which is all that those in the Opposition have to offer – it has been built by my Government’s commitment to deliver real development that is making real differences in the lives of the Fijian people.

“That work has made it a very exciting time to be a Fijian, and an equally exciting time to invest in Fiji. And I’d like to again thank the Tappoo Group for making this major investment in Fiji, on behalf of the many Fijians who are working here and in the surrounding businesses, and all those who now look to this new shopping centre as a fixture of the Lautoka cityscape.”

Media: The Fiji sun

Date: 21st January

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the new TappooCity development in Lautoka is proof positive that our journey forward as a nation isn’t only happening in Suva or down the Nadi coast.

“It is happening right here,” Mr. Bainimarama said while officially opening the complex last night.

“This project is very much part of building Lautoka into a premier city in Fiji, and the whole of the Pacific.

“I remember back in October of last year when we held our national Constitution Day ceremony in the West for the very first time. Fijians from all across Viti Levu were right here in Lautoka, filling your streets with energy, festivities and celebration,” he said.

“And I’m sure every business owner and shopkeeper in Lautoka remembers that weekend fondly as well.

“We held those celebrations in Lautoka because we are committed to making this city a centre of our national life, a Fijian hub of activity, prosperity and development.

“Of course, that work isn’t only about national celebrations, it is about attracting investment, creating jobs and making Lautoka – and our entire Western Division – a better place to live, work and – quite simply – enjoy life.

“All throughout the West we’ve delivered development; new roads and bridges, water, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure, and a state-of-the-art airport in Nadi. “We’ve widened the reach of Government services to make life more convenient, and we’ve created an economic environment that is building businesses, attracting investment and making life better for every Fijian who calls our Western Division home.

“Development of that scale cannot take place in a stagnant economy. It can only take place when a nation is growing and on the move, as Fiji has been the past decade. It can only take place when our partners in the private sector share our vision and belief for what is possible.

“And it can only take place when we focus on the big picture, and carry out an agenda that brings long-term success and prosperity.

“Our economy is booming, our unemployment is the lowest we’ve seen in 30 years, and – on the back of an education revolution – we are fielding the most talented workforce in Fijian history. And I’m very glad to note that we have over 300 Fijians employed right here in TappooCity, Lautoka.

“My fellow Fijians, the Fiji we know today wasn’t built by talk, smiles and false promises – which is all that those in the Opposition have to offer – it has been built by my Government’s commitment to deliver real development that is making real differences in the lives of the Fijian people.

“That work has made it a very exciting time to be a Fijian, and an equally exciting time to invest in Fiji. And I’d like to again thank the Tappoo Group for making this major investment in Fiji, on behalf of the many Fijians who are working here and in the surrounding businesses, and all those who now look to this new shopping centre as a fixture of the Lautoka cityscape.”

Media: The Fiji sun

Date: 21st January

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