22 Jul 2008

Outgoing SOE chairman says government inattention jeopardising Fiji rice industry

2:13 pm on 22 July 2008

The outgoing chairman of one of Fiji's state owned rice producers says a lack of Government investment is jeopardising the industry.

Hari Pal Singh quits a five-year term at the helm of Rewa Rice Limited at the end of the month.

He says ongoing frustration at the Government's lack of investment in the rice industry is one of the drivers behind his departure.

Mr Singh says the government will have to provide the company's new chairperson more support.

"When putting somebody there they need to come with a package whether they would want the rice industry to survive or they don't want the rice industry to survive. If they want they need to give the new chairman all these amenities for him to work with. The government is not paying enough attention to the plight of the industry."

Hari Pal Singh says too much Government attention is being directed to the sugar industry.