Sweet sugar

De­wan Chand, Suva

Fiji Sun - - COMMENT -

Tra­di­tion­ally, sweet sugar was the eco­nomic back­bone of our beloved coun­try. How­ever, it lost its po­si­tion to the tourism in­dus­try for a num­ber of rea­sons such as in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and the price fall in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

COVID-19 pan­demic has clearly changed all that. Tourism is left high and dry at the mo­ment. There seems to be no im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion in sight.

How­ever, it is a great feel­ing to note that sugar mill work­ers are now com­ing back on their jobs as con­firmed by the Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion’s (FSC) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Gra­ham Clark. What sweet mu­sic to the ears of the fam­i­lies of work­ers who have gone back to the Labasa Mill and sub­se­quently oth­ers will fol­low suit at Lau­toka and Rarawai af­ter June 23 and 24.

FSC is de­ter­mined that this crush­ing sea­son max­i­mum green cane is pro­cessed for good qual­ity sugar.

In this di­rec­tion nine lo­co­mo­tives are be­ing re-con­di­tioned to help farm­ers de­liver their cut cane with ef­fi­ciency to the mills. Lo­cos will com­pli­ment trucks and trail­ers in cane de­liv­ery.

I can only en­vis­age pro­duc­tion of sweet high-qual­ity sugar this sea­son for ex­port and lo­cal con­sump­tion.

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