Sugarcane cultivation was adversely impacted due to environmental calamities like a cyclone, said Vishnu Mohan, chairman of Fiji Sugar Corporation.
“The crop output declined from estimated 1,850,650 tonnes to 1,806,572 tonnes due to damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Sarai,” he said.
According to the media report, Mohan said, “The quality of sugarcane was also dropped due to the unfavourable weather conditions that impacted the sugar market this year. These situations resulted in a negative impact on the tonnes cane to tonnes sugar ratio for this year.”
“The government has also spent $31 million for the improvement of the three sugar mills this year. The funds were invested for equipment upgradation and modernization of the mills,” he further added.