14 Sep 2010

Mill upgrade work in Fiji from India has been a failure - Commissioner Western

10:57 am on 14 September 2010

Fiji's Commissioner Western says sugar mill upgrade works carried out at the Lautoka, Labasa and Rarawai sugar mills by vendors from India has been a failure.

Commander Joeli Cawaki is the first government official to make the statement.

Commander Cawaki told FBC News that the upgrade work was to have increased production and improve milling efficiencies but this has not happened.

Mr Cawaki who also chairs the sugar industry stakeholders meeting says there has been too many crushing disruptions.

He says he doesn't the farmers will get the forecast price, as happened last year."

Mr Cawaki says the NLTB renewed 54 land leases in the Nadi and Lautoka area for new farmers to come into the sugar industry this year.