FUNDING provided by the European Union has resulted in a total of 164 demonstration trials on sugar cane farmers fields.
The program headed by the Sugar Cane Research Institute of Fiji was funded by the 3.3million euro (F$8.14m) given by the EU in 2013.
The world body maintained its support for the sugar research in the country and has further pledged 1m euro (F$2.5m)to the SRIF in the future.
EU ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said the challenge for research and extension remains immense to assist farmers and stakeholders to turn the sugar industry around and the EU was ready to assist.
Highlighting the importance of agriculture in the context of poverty reduction and its role in protecting against the impact of climate change, particularly for the Pacific, Mr Jacobs emphasised the need for improved land management practices.
"This is what we have started to do in Fiji with the first contribution to the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji."
SRIF chief executive officer Jai Gawander stressed the importance of continued support from the EU in sugar research.
"We need to invest to establish our positions in these technologies and it is essential that EU supports high risk driven innovative research," he said.
The institute distributed 15,000 weed control leaflets, 10,000 sugarcane management booklets and has developed nine model farms to demonstrate the best management practices for sugarcane farming.
It has also undertaken 164 demonstration trials on farmers' fields to demonstrate the advantages of intercropping food crops and vegetable with sugar cane.