Japan’s ‘super’ market

SUGAR Ministry permanent secretary Yogesh Karan is looking forward to meeting with canegrowers in the Western Division today.

Having just returned from Japan, he said the trip had been an eye-opener in a number of ways.

“I want to encourage our sugarcane growers to enter into subsidiary farming,” he said.

“Japan is a ‘super’ market for products like papaya which fetch up to $15 per fruit and rockmelon which sells for $250 per fruit.

“These are produce that we can grow in large quantities here on the edge of our cane farms.

“We already export papaya but the potential to exponentially grow this market is huge.

“And all of this ties in with the direct flights by Fiji Airways to Narita from July 3 this year.”

Mr Karan said apart from the obvious tourism advantages for Fiji, the flights would open up doors for canefarmers to earn a lucrative income.

“We want them to utilise fringes or any portion of land that is unused at the moment.

“If farmers show a keen interest then we can utilise funds that are available for infield drainage to assist in the irrigation of these farms.”

Mr Karan will be accompanying Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Voreqe Bainimarama when he launches the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s tractor and implements fleet at Drasa, Lautoka, today.