17 Mar 2004

Fiji cane growers want compensation for milling problems

10:29 am on 17 March 2004

The Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council is demanding 2.4 million US dollars from the technically bankrupt Fiji Sugar Corporation for loss of sugar caused by milling inefficiencies.

The claim is for the 2003 milling season.

The chief executive of the council, Jaganath Sami, says the company failed to manage its mills properly and as a result recoverable sugar was lost.

Mr Sami says the company cannot continue to mismanage and neglect the factories, mislead farmers, and cause losses season after season.

He says only after the Sugar Corporation management is forced to pay, will the company and the government do something.