THE Fiji Sugar Corporation is looking at developing large-scale estates to plant sugar cane.
Speaking to farmers at Tagitagi near Tavua earlier this week, acting Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive officer, Sundresh Chetty said all stakeholders were involved in ensuring increased production of cane to boost the industry.
"FSC has already established farms in the Western Division and has recently planted 1700 acres in Seaqaqa in Vanua Levu," he said.
"FSC has also taken over all Sugar Research Institute of Fiji farms and is looking for more big parcels of land to develop for cane production."
Mr Chetty said the FSC's moves were part of plans to increase production and revenue for the industry including the growers.
"The FSC has also engaged studies to look into the optimisation of returns on raw sugar revenue.
"This is being led by executive chairman Abdul Khan and includes the establishment of cogeneration plants, an ethanol production plant and a refinery."
In an earlier interview, Mr Khan revealed that plans were progressing with the establishment of a cogeneration plant and studies were being conducted on the feasibility of setting up an ethanol production facility.
He said then that plans to establish a refinery were shelved after studies revealed it would be cheaper for the FSC to refine sugar in an overseas factory.