Fiji Time: 3:21 PM on Monday 24 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ 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.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Drop in roll
  2. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  3. Villagers fear for safety
  4. Abuse on the streets
  5. Fiji pearls make history
  6. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  7. Teenager finds body in a creek
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Year 13 exam starts
  10. Farmers harvest cane despite challenges

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)