The sugar industry faces many challenges with the fluctuating prices of fuel, transport, fertilizers and gives the opportunity to think about alternative agriculture

The sugar industry faces many challenges with the fluctuating prices of fuel, transport, fertilizers and gives the opportunity to think about alternative agriculture – President

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere. [Image: Fijian Government]

The President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, said that the sugar industry faces many challenges with the fluctuating prices of fuel, transport, fertilizers, and these challenges are an opportunity to think about alternative agriculture.

Katonivere underlined this during the launch of the Sugar Cane Growers Fund website and the reopening of its newly renovated meeting hall in Lautoka.

Katonivere says he was told that post-COVID has made it clear to the Sugar Cane Growers Fund that what the organization needs is inclusive and sustainable growth.

The chairman adds that such growth has led to a rapid paradigm shift for the board and management in their decision-making and strategic planning.

He says the main thing is the optimal use of the land and should not be limited to the cultivation of sugar cane to obtain additional income and food security through dalo, cassava, rice, vegetables and in breeding.

President Katonivere also highlighted the allocation of $500,000 to support sugar farmers who wish to convert sugar cane leases to agricultural leases or plant other crops. He says adopting this new approach will help make a difference without compromising the environment and society.

Rachel J. Bradford