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Tribunal plans for farmers

Luke Rawalai
Monday, March 04, 2013

THE Sugar Tribunal plans to involve sugarcane farmers in revenue-generating projects to earn extra money and save government expenses.

Sugar Tribunal Commissioner Timothy Brown said they had identified the production of ethanol as one such channel through which farmers can benefit.

Mr Brown said Brazil was one of the largest producers of ethanol and was producing it from sugarcane.

"Here in Fiji, we have engaged in talks with oil companies on the possibility of developing the project and in a way to contribute to a safer environment and effectively reduce the purchase of oil from overseas," he said.

"Another opportunity we have identified is the production of refined sugar as Fiji imports about 8000 tonnes of refined sugar from overseas.

"We are looking at the possibility of producing this locally and helping government reduce its expenses in importing these products," he said

Mr Brown said they were even encouraging farmers to move into multi-cropping through the cultivation of fruits and vegetables.


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