23 Aug 2010

Fiji's Reserve Bank Governor speaks of gloomy future for sugar industry

6:42 am on 23 August 2010

The Reserve Bank of Fiji's Governor, Sada Reddy, says the future of sugar industry does not look very promising

Speaking at a tourism forum, Mr Reddy said sugar production was expected to decline significantly this year due to continuing milling problems and drop in cane production.

He said the lower cane production was due largely to very low rainfall this year, while mill upgrade works were not delivering the efficiencies that were expected.

However Fiji Live reports Mr Reddy as saying Fiji had experienced a significant slowdown in inflation with the rate falling to 5.4 percent in July after peaking at 10.5 percent in April.