A REVIEW of the 1984 Sugar Industry Act could determine whether the Sugar Cane Growers Council board will be reformed as a growers' representative organisation.
Speaking to this newspaper, Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said whatever happened, once the review was completed, the council would not be used as a political tool like in the past.
"We dissolved the political arm of the council in 2009 because it was quite evident that many in the council were not there for the right reasons," he said.
"They were not interested in moving the industry forward but were there for politically-motivated reasons.
"We now have the expertise of the legal team that was involved in putting together our constitution and the review has been given urgency to be completed soon."
Lt-Col Vaniqi said the review would include an in-depth analysis of the Sugar Master Award, memorandum of gang agreement and other issues that constrained the progress of the industry.
Sundresh Chetty, the now official CEO of the council, said he would work with industry stakeholders to ensure production was sustainably increased and growers addressed.
"The growers are happy with the positive steps being undertaken and the confidence that had eroded over the years is now getting back in the industry," he said.
"I would like to urge all cane growers to join hands for the success of the industry and to regain lost glory."