THE National Federation Party's working committee is concerned with certain issues pertaining to the sugar industry.
At its meeting in Nadi last weekend, the committee expressed concern at the condition of cane access roads after the cyclone and floods in December last year.
The committee also expressed concern at the high cost of transporting sugar cane to the mills, taking into account the tonnes of cane lost in the transportation process.
The committee also expressed concern at the state of the four mills, staff recruitment at the mills, high cost of mill operations and regular breakdowns.
It claimed that the benefit of the European Union funds had not filtered down to the sugarcane farmers.
It expressed concern about the increase in the price of fertiliser and other farm inputs which were not subsidised.
Also, it expressed concern at the dissolution of the Sugar Cane Growers Council and the non-renewal of land leases.
The committee said the non-renewal of land leases was detrimental to the landlords and tenants, and created a further socio-economic catastrophe for the national economy.