19 May 2010

Fiji Sugar Corporation confident of mills' performance

6:43 am on 19 May 2010

The Fiji Sugar Corporation is assuring growers that this crushing season the mills will be fully operational.

There were significant losses last year after planned upgrading work was not finished in time.

With the harvest due to get underway next month, growers have been expressing a lack of confidence in the mill operation

The Corporation's Chief Executive, Deo Saran, says the mill upgrades are now complete, but the farmers are failing to deliver the quantities expected and it's their turn to improve:

"The profitability of the farms will really have to be addressed so the efficiency and productivity on the farm. And in this regard we are focussing on farmers to increase their productions have a big farms so is to make the farming more profitable on the ground."

Many growers are now expressing their fears that the sugar industry is no longer profitable and that it will drop from being one of Fiji's top two export income earners