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State helps toward 2020 target

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, April 11, 2014

SUGAR permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi says government has been working towards enabling the Labasa Sugar mill achieve the one million-tonne yield by 2020.

Lt-Col Vaniqi said stakeholders, including the FSC, had been working with sugarcane farmers to improve the production of raw sugar.

"Last year, Labasa produced about 500,000 tonnes (cane) and this year we want to increase our production," he said,

"All of this will not happen overnight and needs a lot of planning and discussions with all our stakeholders.

"We have been in talks with our farmers and we are discussing with them how best we can grow more sugar cane.

"We are looking at land leases. For some farmers, their land lease has expired so we are looking to help them in this area."

He said the target set by FSC to produce one million tonnes of raw sugar in six years was a daunting task.

"It will no be easy but that is the target we have set for ourselves.

"We want to return the industry to when it was thriving and for us to achieve that we have to set ourselves targets that we all need to work towards."

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