LANDOWNERS of Cuvu in Nadroga are seeking government and FSC help to assist them and other farmers best use their vacant lands.
Cuvu district representative Ratu Tevita Makutu said many farmers were leaving the industry because of difficulties they faced.
He said the district's seven villages and nearby settlements had lost interest in the sugar industry.
"This place is known as the one of the biggest cane lands in Nadroga over the past 15 years," said Ratu Tevita.
"Unfortunately, the majority of the land used to be planted with cane is now vacant. Therefore, we need the assistance of the FSC to assist the landowners and farmers revive the industry in Cuvu."
Ratu Tevita said transportation and farm management costs had contributed to the decline in cane production.
"We want the railway system to be reintroduced because most farmers are finding it hard to cater for transportation expenses.
"Otherwise, it would be better for the FSC to construct a small sugar mill here in Nadroga to cater for all farmers in the area.
"We have vacant land that can be used for cane but we need the support of the government and FSC to make this land productive."
Sugar permanent secretary Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said the government was willing to assist the landowners.
The construction of a mill and a new tramline, he added, would depend on the amount of cane produced. "We are focusing on reviving the sugar industry and we will be happy to meet with the landowners regarding their problems," said Col. Vaniqi.
"The landowners can officially write to us seeking our assistance and we can meet with them, but as for the new mill, we will first see the production in the area otherwise it will be a waste.
"In fact, we have considered looking at the options of reviving the tramline and constructing a small sugar mill, however, the onus is on the landowners and the farmers to produce more."