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Asian help for sugar

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, February 01, 2014

ASIAN countries have sent exploratory teams to Fiji with a view to assist the sugar industry.

Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said recent visits by two delegations from China and one from Malaysia had been very positive.

"The teams from China expressed an interest in establishing a refinery in the country and this is something that the government is very keen to pursue because of the value adding to our sugar product," he said.

"They have yet to come back to us with a proposal and although talks are in the early stages, they are interested in putting up the type of costs involved in setting up a refinery."

Lt-Col Vaniqi said a visiting Malaysian team had shown interest in investing in cane plantations and sharing knowledge of the latest best husbandry practices.

"They want to assist us in raising our level of production.

"The team is exploratory in nature and is here to enhance those that will be arriving later with real investment interest and this is good for Fiji."

He said a memorandum of understanding was expected to be signed with the Malaysian Government to pave the way for future investment and work in improving the sugar industry.

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