14 May 2003

Sugar harvest boycott averted in Fiji

10:50 am on 14 May 2003

A harvest boycott of this year's sugar can crop has been averted after the Fiji SUgar Corporation agreed to accept all planted cane for crushing.

Radio Fiji reports that the agreement was reached after weeks of talks between the company and the Fiji SUgar Can Growers Council.

Earlier, the technically bankrupt Sugar Corporation had decided to accept only 2.8 million tonnes of cane for crushing this season or about 68 percent of the crop on the ground.

The Sugar Cane Growers Council and cane farmers' unions had threatened a harvest boycott if a fair and just decision was not reached because otherwise cane farmers would have made losses of 16-million US dollars in un-harvested cane.

The annual sugar cane harvest is due to begin next month.