For the upcoming year, the Sugar Ministry has set a target to harvest 1.8 million tonnes of cane and two million tonnes next year, reports Fiji Times.
The announcement in this regard was made by Minister Charan Jeath Singh at an interactive Workshop on Integrated Nutrient Management for Sugarcane in Fiji at Lautoka’s Waterfront Hotel.
We are planning to increase sugarcane and sugar production in the next four years, he said.
“Secondly, diversification for the sugar industry is a must and I have seen how it has been successfully done in India during my visit last month,” Mr Singh said.
“Currently we are importing refined sugar and we want to set up sugar refinery plants as well as ethanol production plants,” he said.
“Our top priority is to mechanize the sector to increase productivity,” he added.
The country has witnessed record lower cane production of 1.3 million between 2011 and 2022 and the highest cane production was 1.8 million tonnes.