Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 11:45 PM on Wednesday 23 July

/ Front page / News

Focus on value adding

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, May 30, 2014

AFRICAN Caribbean Pacific sugar-producing countries were urged to begin looking at value adding their products and at the same time, continue negotiations with global sugar buyers outside of the European Union.

According to Mark Titus, a reporter with The Gleaner in Jamaica, ACP countries at the 45th International Sugar Organisation council conference in Montego Bay were told to begin taking urgent measures beginning with the 2015 cane crop.

"It is a call for urgency because time is fast running out," he said.

"Small producers especially were urged to increase production and look into value-added products like molasses and ethanol production.

"They were also asked to look at domestic and regional markets.

"For example, in Jamaica the cost of electricity is high because the cost of fuel is high. So there is a push towards ethanol production which would lower the cost of fuel and, in turn, decrease power costs.

"However, to do this, sugarcane production would have to increase substantially because of the amount of cane needed to produce ethanol to make the project viable."


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. No 'free education', says party
  2. $70m plan
  3. Seasonal workers program
  4. Cutters leave fields
  5. Role of women
  6. $16k school renovation
  7. Hope for dialogue
  8. Important road links
  9. NGO plans biggest project
  10. Tourism hopes

Top Stories this Week

  1. Client rape Thursday (17 Jul)
  2. REVEALED Preachers, cops pay for sex Friday (18 Jul)
  3. Railway soldiers Monday (21 Jul)
  4. Predators lure young girls online Thursday (17 Jul)
  5. Friends, quick cash the lure into prostitution Friday (18 Jul)
  6. Playing 'enemy' Tuesday (22 Jul)
  7. 911 let-down for homeowner Monday (21 Jul)
  8. Police find tyres Monday (21 Jul)
  9. Calls for support Tuesday (22 Jul)
  10. No 'free education', says party Wednesday (23 Jul)