FIJI Sugar Corporation workers from Ba, Rakiraki and Lautoka gathered at the Natabua High School ground yesterday to celebrate the annual sports day officiated by Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama.
The day, filled with sporting events and friendly competition, attracted workers and their families from the Rarawai, Penang and Lautoka mills.
Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama praised the mill workers for their contribution to the reform of the sugar industry.
"You are an example to all Fijians of what can be achieved when workers, management and government join hands for the good of everyone," he said.
"You helped us make the reforms that were needed to put sugar on a proper footing and now you are reaping the rewards.
"As you know, 200,000 people depend directly or indirectly on the sugarcane industry for a living.
"It is our country's second largest income earner and the hard work you do benefits every Fijian."
FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said the new-look Sugars of Fiji would further strengthen the brand of local sugar.
"Whether it's fine sugar or raw sugar, it does not matter, it's still Sugars of Fiji," he said.
"And our staff are very much part and parcel of that to make sure that we succeed not only for today but also into the future," Mr Khan said.
Mill workers will soon be busy in the next few months as crushing season nears.
According to the corporation, some mills would start operations later this month while others in July.