The Fiji Times » Sugar industry ‘held on’ during pandemic

Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive Bhan Singh said the sugar industry has stood firm during tough times when other sectors came to a near standstill during the pandemic.

He expressed it at the official opening of the 2022 grinding season in Lautoka yesterday.

“The sugar industry has continued to support our economy by providing jobs and financial support from Sigatoka to Rakiraki and Vanua Levu,” Mr Singh said.

“There has been unwavering support from the government.

“Our Prime Minister is a strong supporter of the sugar industry and in one of his remarks he mentioned that ‘our sugar industry is here to stay’ and he meant every word.

“Under his leadership, we have seen excellent policies implemented to ensure the sustainability of the industry.

Mr. Singh said that one such notable policy to encourage and adopt the cultivation of sugar cane was the implementation of the guaranteed cane price of $85 per ton.

He informed stakeholders that their consistent approach and unwavering government support continued to support the sector.

“Our industry is still surviving after many challenges such as the adverse effects of climate change – tropical cyclones, floods, loss of land to other industries, migration and many more.

“Previously seen as the backbone of the country, this industry can definitely bounce back and bring the economic returns needed for our country.”

Rachel J. Bradford