20 May 2003

Fiji sugar industry faces new harvest boycott threat

11:50 am on 20 May 2003

Fiji's ailing sugar industry is again facing the threat of a harvest boycott.

The threat has been made by the secretary of the National Farmers Union and Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Mr Chaudhry says the recent agreement by which the Fiji Sugar Corporation will accept all cane ready for harvest his season has other provisions which are detrimental to farmers.

He says in meetings in Fiji's west, farmers have shown their anger and disappointment with the agreement which was reached on their behalf by the Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council.

He says the final decision on the harvest boycott would be made at a meeting of the union in Lautoka at the end of this month.

Harvesting is scheduled to begin and the mills to start crushing from the middle of next month.