Sugar production targets down
Taken from/By: Google Report by: Mika Loga
Fiji has not able to achieve its targets for sugar production and exports.
Director Sugar Viliame Gucake says, the four sugar mills are supposed to be crushing 4 point 2 million tonnes of sugar cane annually.
However, they’ve only managed a total of 1 point 7 million tonnes for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.
On exports to the European Union, the country was to send 220 thousand tonnes of sugar annually, however for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, it has only managed 167 thousand tonnes.
Gucake says these were due to challenges particularly land issues under the ALTA lease arrangement that surfaced in 1997.
He says with a five-year plan in place to increase production it is hoped the country will be able to harvest 48,600 hectares of sugarcane in 2015.
The Government has allocated 8.4m dollars towards the planting of cane in 8,060 hectares of land.