THE $126million that was provided by the Fijian government to the sugar sector to aid reforms of the industry is reaping benefits despite pessimism from international economic monitors like the International Monetary Fund.
This was the message from the permanent secretary for sugar, Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi.
He also said overseas officials and foreign entities like the IMF had said it would take at least seven years for the industry to be restored to its former glory but the government together with industry stakeholders was already proving them wrong.
"Through support from our government, we were able to reform the sugar industry in two years," Lt-Col Vaniqi said.
"We were provided with a lot of grants from the government and now, the sugar industry is doing very well.
"The mills have improved, extraction is good and even the weather is favourable.
"Like any industry, there are still some areas which need work and for us, these are harvesting and transport."
He went on to say that the visit from overseas experts had been very beneficial to the country as a whole.
"There is a gentleman, Mr Parker of the European Union who has been one of the people that helped us put the strategic action plan for the sugar industry together last year.
"During the last national budget, the sugar sector received $15million but we are always receiving grants from the government."