24 May 2011

Fiji sugar farmers hope for better season

3:25 pm on 24 May 2011

With the start of the sugar cane crushing season in Fiji only weeks away, farmers are once again hoping the mills will operate properly.

For years, the mills have struck problems that have affected profitabilty and compounded the effect of lower prices

The Executive Chairman of the Fiji Sugar Coporation, Abdul Khan, says they have reduced the crush rate for this season to ensure the mills can provide a reliable and consistant performance.

He says if the coporation gets it right this year, the confidence will be there among growers to go forward:

"The farmer's I think are quitely confident, but I think as human beings they are also saying lets wait and see whether we will actually walk our talk or not, having said that I think the farmers feel that this year we've been a lot more transparent, like for example allowing them and welcoming them to come and have alook at the mills."

Mr Khan says the farmers and the Sugar Corporation are in it together and both will benefit from a efficient season.