21 Jun 2006

Fiji out of sugar, shops rationing supplies

7:22 am on 21 June 2006

Shops in Fiji have run out of sugar and those with some left are rationing supplies to one-kilogramme per customer.

This is despite Fiji being a large producer and exporter of sugar.

Production problems at the country's four sugar mills which started this year's crushing season earlier this month are responsible for the shortage.

The president of the Fiji Retailers Association, Himmat Lodhia, has told the Fiji Sun that some merchants are thinking of importing sugar.

The prime minister and minister for sugar industry reform, Laisenia Qarase, says he is waiting for an explanation from the Fiji Sugar Corporation on the reason for the shortage.