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Miller starts talk with new markets

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, November 25, 2017

DISCUSSIONS have begun with new customers in Asia and New Zealand for the sale of sugar.

FSC board chairman Vishnu Mohan said the sale of Fiji's sugar to these new markets could start in 2018.

"FSC is focused on optimising sales revenue to protect returns to growers and this includes identifying new markets outside of Europe," he said.

"Leveraging from Fiji's geographical advantage we also have great opportunities for marketing sugars for Fiji both locally and regionally within the South Pacific and into Far East markets.

"FSC has commenced discussions with new customers in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and New Zealand to potentially begin supply in 2018."

He said the corporation was also planning to invest in more mechanisation programs in 2018.

"We are in the process of formulating concrete plans including financing arrangements to refurbish and upgrade the mills to further mechanise harvesting and to improve cane transport by refurbishing the long neglected rail network system complemented by the manufacture of new cage bins for rail cartage of cane.

"Early next year, FSC will commence the ordering and purchase of mechanical harvesters, tractors and implements and also new trucks.

"These will be deployed by FSC to help farmers reduce costs of producing cane. In addition, FSC has concluded a trial for rail cage bins.

"This was very successful and well received by farmers.

"FSC will scale up the manufacture of cage bins to significantly increase their availability for farmers in 2018."

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