We encourage landowners to come forward and make use of their land – FSC CEO
Do not rely on gossip mongering - AG

We encourage landowners to come forward and make use of their land – FSC CEO

Do not rely on gossip mongering - AG

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 16/06/2022
CEO of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, Bhan Pratap Singh and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

As we travel through the cane belt areas, we note large lots of land suitable for farming lying idle, and we encourage landowners and prospective farmers to come forward and make use of their land.

That is the call from the CEO of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, Bhan Pratap Singh during the opening of the Lautoka mill crushing season.

Singh says sugar was once regarded as the backbone of the economy, and the industry can certainly bounce back.

He says about a quarter of Fiji’s population are still directly or indirectly dependent on the industry.

Singh says the effects of the tropical cyclones in December 2020 saw the cane crop size reduce to approximately 1.4 million tonnes last year. He says the management has taken a challenge to increase the crop size to 2 million tonnes.

The FSC CEO says there have been major problems in accessing supplies for plant and equipment due to COVID-19, and the journey has been a challenging one in the last 18 months.

However he says the sugar industry stood tall during difficult times when other sectors came to almost a standstill during the pandemic.

Singh says the sugar industry continued to support the economy by providing employment to people from Sigatoka to Rakiraki and in Vanua Levu.

He also says there has been unwavering support of the sugar industry by the government and the Prime Minister has been a staunch supporter of the industry saying that the sugar industry is here to stay.

The CEO says they have also seen some excellent policies under the Prime Minister’s leadership like the guaranteed cane price of $85 per tonne.

Meanwhile Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says if we take a collaborative approach to meeting the challenges rather than relying on gossip mongering, then we will able to meet the challenges.

Sayed-Khaiyum says sugar has been surpassed by other industries in Fiji like tourism but it still engages a lot of Fijians in employment.

He says the guaranteed cane price for farmers by the government is also assisting the industry a lot.

Sayed-Khaiyum says many challenges have come about in the past two years due to COVID-19.

He says a shipping container used to cost about $5,500 from Auckland to Fiji but today the same container costs about $17,000.

The Attorney General says he was speaking to Swire Shipping, and was told that in other parts of the world, the cost of freight has gone up by 800 to 900 percent on each of the routes.

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Discussions in place to construct more schools along the Suva-Nausori corridor
Discussions are in progress for cooperation between Australia and Fiji in building more schools and also constructing additional classrooms for the sc...
5 hours ago
A man and woman arrested for allegedly in possession of meth and more than $3,000 cash
A man and a woman are in custody after they were found with white crystals believed to be methamphetamine and more than $3,000 cash believed to be ...
2 hours ago

Drua home-match tickets on sale
Tickets for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s home-games are now on sale. Fans in Fiji and abroad will be able to get tickets to all seven home ...
4 hours ago

21-year-old girl is the youngest amputee due to diabetes in Fiji
Alcohol plays a big role and increases a person's chances of getting diabetes, and the youngest amputee in the country is a 21-year-old girl. This ...
4 hours ago

Christmas comes early for WOWS Kids Fiji as Digicel donates $20,000
Christmas came early for WOWS Kids Fiji as Digicel Fiji donated $20,000 towards them as a shining beacon of hope and support during this festive ...
4 hours ago

Gender and power interchange is a well-known factor faced around the world
Interchange between gender, power, class and politics is a well-known factor that people not only in the Pacific are facing but also ...
5 hours ago
PM’s motion passed to reduce overseas travel allowances for the PM, Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Leader of Opposition and MPs
Parliament has passed the Prime Minister’s motion to reduce the rates payable for overseas travelling allowances for the Prime Minister, Cabinet ...
15 days ago

CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
CEO of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission, Joel Abraham appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay ...
21 days ago

HIV infections in Fiji increased 260% since 2010, making Fiji the second fastest-growing epidemic in the Asia Pacific region
Speaker of Parliament and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Pacific Region, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says according to the Global AIDS Monitoring Report, Fiji is in the top 5 countries of rising new HIV infections in the Asia Pacific region amongst the 15 t
25 days ago