An audit has found that Government grants allocated for sugar cane rehabilitation after Tropical Cyclone Winston, wasn’t used for it’s purpose.
Instead, the grant was used entirely for a new cane planting program.
The audit has found 6 point 2 million dollars was used for this – saying proper approvals should have been obtained for the funds to be used for other purposes.
The auditor-general says proper field visits should have taken place, to verify works were carried out as “per grant agreement”.
The Ministry of Sugar says by the time the grant agreement was signed in May 2016, crops damaged by Winston had recovered, and there was no need for rehabilitation, adding the grants were then used for cane planting.