THE Fiji Labour Party says it will reinstate the Sugar Commission of Fiji and Fiji Sugar Marketing Limited if it wins the next elections and comes into power.
In its mini-manifesto, the party says this will be done so that sugarcane growers could once again have a say in the affairs of the industry.
The party says the Sugar Cane Growers Council must also be fully reinstated as an elected body of cane growers.
It says money borrowed from the Sugar Cane Growers Fund to revamp the ailing South Pacific Fertilizers Limited would be returned to the fund.
"As a long-term policy, FLP intends to privatise the milling operation with growers and landowners as major shareholders and some private sector participation," states the party's mini-manifesto.
"Progressively, FLP is looking at the setting up of smaller mills in Seaqaqa and between Nadi and Sigatoka to reduce transport costs for farmers in these areas."
On rail transport, the party says all rolling stock will be upgraded and modernised and rail lines extended wherever possible to reduce costs incurred by farmers in transporting cane to the mills.
The mini-manifesto also states the party will focus on sugar production and co-generation activities.
"To ensure value-added, ethanol production will be looked at as a byproduct to be used in the beverage industry. Specially-packaged Fiji sugar under a brand name will be encouraged as a special retail product for tourists."