DESPITE the challenges faced by cane farmers, the Sugar Cane Growers Council is adamant it will fulfil its goal in its effort to assist the government and other stakeholders revive the sugar industry.
Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said the target was to increase its cane planting land by 3000 hectares a year.
"We are targeting planting 3000 hectares annually and we have achieved 50 per cent to date," Mr Chetty said.
"And in the next planting window in October, we are planning to achieve another 50 per cent — we are optimistic of fulfilling our target."
He said the five-year plan was for the cane farms to cover more than 60,000 hectares.
"The area under cane now is 40,000 hectares and we would like to gradually increase it to 60,000 hectares in the next five years.
"There are lot of challenges faced by the growers in terms of high cost of land preparation, fertilisers and the change in weather pattern. But we remain optimistic as everybody is geared in achieving our targets."
Mr Chetty said some positive signs had been received and the fulfilment of the above targets required the teamwork of all stakeholders.
"As we move forward, we have also seen an improved performance in the mills, the sugar extraction rate has improved. There are positive signs in the industry and we would like to see all stakeholders to work together."