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FLP to announce sugar policies

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, July 07, 2014

THE Fiji Labour Party has vowed to improve the country's sugar industry.

Speaking in Lautoka after the party's national council meeting, party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said they would announce their strategies to revitalise the industry.

"On the sugar industry we will be releasing our policies very shortly," he said.

"We are concerned with the rapid decline of the industry from 2006 until now.

"In 2006, we harvested 3.5million tonnes of cane and now we're down to 1.7m and that is about a 50 per cent decline in production.

"It is a major concern to the FLP because it impacts negatively on the rural development in the cane belt."

He said it also contributed to escalating poverty in rural areas.

"Their (government's) policies in the industry have failed despite this stop gap measures that they are trying to implement.

"I think it requires a holistic approach than just simply trying to entice farmers to plant more cane by giving them grants.

"It needs a more comprehensive solution than what is being offered."

The former prime minister also urged voters to not be afraid to speak out.

"We know that our support is very good and people are finally coming out.

"People must get this fear out of their hearts.

"They must stand up for their rights and they must fight for their rights."

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