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Don’t ‘regurgitate’ what some politician says – AG

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said he stood by the accuracy of the National Development Plan and called on politicians and the media to look at its intended purposes.

Staff Writers

November 23, 2017 3:23 pm

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at a press conference in Suva today. Photo by Newswire.

At a press conference in Suva this afternoon, the A-G was asked by Newswire to comment on criticisms by the National Federation Party on the accuracy of statistics relating to sugar.

The A-G said the NDP set the Government’s priorities in their development agenda and had received “enormous accolades.”

“The National Development Plan is based on a technical group of people who have produced the tables and we obviously stick by those results,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.

“Again, you see this is the problem, unfortunately journalists like yourself, you are simply regurgitating to me what some politician said to you.  I don’t know whether you self-verified it or not.”

Earlier today, NFP leader Dr Biman Prasad said that Fiji’s National Development Plan contained misleading statistics on sugarcane and sugar production.

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had called a press conference in Suva this afternoon to reiterate the positive benefits to Fiji of the COP23 meet in Germany earlier this month.
The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had called a press conference in Suva this afternoon to reiterate the positive benefits to Fiji of the COP23 meet in Germany earlier this month.  Photo by Newswire.

The NFP leader pointed out that the NDP incorrectly stated that Fiji produced 1.6 million tonnes of cane and 164,000 tonnes of sugar in 2016.

“The correct statistics recorded by the industry is 1.38 million tonnes of cane and 139,503 tonnes of sugar at a TCTS of 9.9,” said Prasad.

The NDP’s section on sugar laid out a target of 3 million tonnes of sugarcane production by 2021.

Source: 5-year and 20-year National Development Plan - November, 2017.
Source: 5-year and 20-year National Development Plan – November 2017.

Dr Prasad also disputed figures for 2017, saying that the TCTS (tonnes of cane required to manufacture one tonne of sugar) of 5.75 was “unbelievable”.

“This year’s actual production would be around 1.64 million tonnes of cane and around 166,000 tonnes of sugar at a TCTS of about 9.8.”

Biman Prasad called on the PM to take responsibility for the “statistically fraudulent action”.

Fiji’s 5-year and 20-year National Development Plan was launched by the PM in Germany at a COP23 side event on November 13.

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