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Boost in cane planting trends

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 05, 2018

THE 2017 cane planting season has seen a very positive improvement in production by sugarcane growers.

According to the Fiji Sugar Corporation, this was encouraging news for the sugar industry.

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said they were optimistic about the current planting trend.

"We are also very grateful to all industry stakeholders, notably Government for their financial support," he said.

"The objective of rebuilding a robust and bigger sugar industry has clearly been accepted from all stakeholders.

"Everyone is working together and at this juncture, this is crucial and rewarding."

Lovu Sector cane grower Rajnesh Naicker said his farm had increased production over the past year.

"Last season, I had 4.5 acres covered by cane, this season that has grown to seven acres and I am looking forward to at least 500 tonnes of sugar harvest this year," he said.

"Incentives from Government and support from FSC field operations, complemented with good technical advice from the Sugar Research Institute has assisted me greatly.

"I am new to farming and I learn as much as I can and the direction being given to me by these entities has really boosted my cane planting efforts."

The corporation stated that planting records confirmed growth in all sectors with more than 5800 hectares planted in November and December 2017.

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