December 3, 2016 9:28 am

PM: Not a golden year for sugar

Tropical cyclone Winston prompted a downward review of the crop estimate for sugar from 1.84 million metric tonnes to 1.354 million metric tonnes. The PM made the statement at the 50th Session of the International Sugar Organisation Council in London yesterday. PM Bainimarama said that although the sugarcane industry had taken a hit in terms […]

Tropical cyclone Winston prompted a downward review of the crop estimate for sugar from 1.84 million metric tonnes to 1.354 million metric tonnes.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama delivering his statement.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama delivering his statement.

The PM made the statement at the 50th Session of the International Sugar Organisation Council in London yesterday.

PM Bainimarama said that although the sugarcane industry had taken a hit in terms of production, the overall outlook remained positive.

BAINIMARAMA: “So Mr Chairman, it has not been a golden year for Fijian sugar thanks to Winston…But I can assure them and all those who depend on sugar for a livelihood in Fiji that we getting back on our feet and are determined to secure the future of the industry. Winston has been a setback, but the overall outlook for the sugar cane industry remains positive.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the European Union for assistance to Fiji’s agriculture centre.

BAINIMARAMA: “The EU has provided Fiji – through direct budget support – the sum of ten million Euros for rehabilitation and recovery. And for that, we are truly grateful.”

The PM will travel to Brussels next week for meetings with European officials including the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk.