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Sanjay Kumar, left, with Pradeep Kumar busy harvesting cane at Drasa in Lautoka. About 20% of the well-being of the people of Fiji depends on the country’s sugar cane farming industry, says the Ministry of Sugar (MoSI) 2018-2019 Annual Report which was tabled in Parliament on Monday. Picture: FILE

About 20% of the well-being of the people of Fiji depends on the country’s sugar cane farming industry, says the Ministry of Sugar Industry (MoSI) 2018-2019 Annual Report which was tabled in Parliament on Monday.

For this reason, the Ministry of Sugar Industry said it is responsible for laying the stable foundations for a vital sustainable industry that will continue to flourish in the years to come.

“The responsibility of MoSI is to coordinate the activities and functions of the various institutions that make up the sugar cane industry with the sole objective of ensuring that the government’s obligation to revive the industry is fulfilled through the reform of the government,” the report said.

“The MoSI implements key policies and plans to achieve higher economic growth while ensuring tangible sustainability of Fiji’s sugarcane industry.”

The ministry said it has an ongoing partnership with relevant industry stakeholders that will enable more land to be made available for productive and social purposes that encourage the cultivation of sugar cane, a labor force. adequate labor and a committed sugar labor force.

“The MoSI provides an enabling environment for the direct and effective delivery of services to stakeholders throughout Fiji.

“The MoSI ensures that the funds provided by the government are used and distributed to the responsible institutions in an efficient manner, so that the programs of these institutions are effectively implemented without hindrances.”

Rachel J. Bradford