A SUGAR expert brought in by UK buyers Tate and Lyle Sugars to improve crop production has left after completing his contract.
Dan Boodhna, a sugar production consultant from Mauritius, has been replaced by Samu Railoa from the Fiji Sugar Corporation.
FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said while the country was fortunate to have had the services of Mr Boodhna, the appointment of Mr Railoa was in-line with the corporation's strategy of empowering locals into key positions in the industry.
"Mr Boodhna was very effective in both encouraging farmers to adopt a better sugarcane farming methods as well as assisting in increasing yields per hectare," Mr Khan said.
"For example, implementing the farming method recommended by Dan has shown a yield of 80 tonnes per hectare when our present average is around 45."
Mr Khan said Mr Railoa's appointment would assist the FSC in upgrades to extension services.
"Samu is presently acting and leading the extension group while we make the necessary changes to further improve our extension services as well as provide better interaction with farmers in each of the mills' cane catchment areas.
"Samu has some very good skills and we will ensure that those skills are fully utilised."