The joint venture partnership scheme between the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the landowners is encouraging sugarcane farmers back to the sugarcane industry.
Permanent Secretary for Sugar Yogesh Karan said that talks are underway in Kavanagasau Sigatoka for the last two weeks and many farmers who had lost interest in cane farming about ten years ago have regained interest and about 80 acres have been committed. He adds the government is hopeful that this will increase to 150 acres soon.
He said under this scheme, sugarcane planting has also been done in Nasarawaqa, Bua which used to be good fertile but idle land. The government is providing subsidy for planting costs.
In 2017, the government made this plan and under the joint venture agreement the FSC will prepare the land, plant the cane, manage it and undertake harvesting. The revenue derived from harvesting will be shared between the landowners and the FSC.
Meanwhile, the PS for Sugar said all our sugar has been pre-sold and marketing for sugar is not an issue.
He adds the demand for Fiji sugar is very high in China as it is of good quality. He said the world production for sugar has overall declined slightly which will definitely benefit Fiji as our sugar will be on high demand. He adds that a research has shown that in the next three years the global demand for sugar will further increase.