THE sugar industry has lost about $300,000 worth of sugar cane to fires.
Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said the loss was unfortunate given the impact it could have on the overall production this season.
"We would like to commend the Fiji Police Force for the outstanding work they have done in apprehending suspects and charging people for this illegal activity," Mr Chetty said.
"Jealousy and ill-feeling has caused some people to engage in this type of behaviour but what they don't realise is the effect this has had on the industry and the country.
"Burning cane affects everybody in the industry and I would like to urge people to think twice before setting fire to the hard work of cane farmers in the country."
About 3000 tonnes of cane has been burnt so far.