3 Jul 2002

Fiji sugar industry concerned about sabotage

4:45 pm on 3 July 2002

The chairman of the Fiji Sugar Commission says police have been brought in to investigate allegations of sabotage at two mills.

Gerald Barrack says the Sugar corporation has reported various mill breakdowns at Lautoka in the last fortnight, two of which appear to be the result of deliberate sabotage.

Mr Barrack says he has no idea why anybody would want to commit acts of sabotage but it's caused damage and delays.

"The Lautoka mills is still crushing at around 50% of its capacity.We haven't got any proof of sabotage, but there's certainly was that incident of the water line, being broken and a lubricating valve, turned off in the Mill. The nature of the problem certainly indicate there was some outside influences."

Mr Barrack says all three mills are operating on the main island and the mill on Labasa is due to start operations on the 9th of July.