6 Aug 2008

Fiji cane growers worried by scheduled cut in sugar prices

9:59 am on 6 August 2008

Fiji's Sugar Cane Growers Council is concerned about the welfare of the 20,000 farmers in the country with a major reduction in the world sugar price scheduled for next year.

As part of the reduction in sugar price, the biggest drop of around 36 per cent, is expected by October next year.

SCGC Chairman Jain Kumar yesterday informed the Fiji Daily Post that the council's board meeting on Friday will try to provide some relief to farmers, who will suffer immensely.

The meeting is expected to discuss the four vacant positions in the council in Lomowai, Natova, Weiqele and Labasa sectors, and the vacant council CEO post.

The interim regime had earlier this year given approval to the council board to appoint new councillors without holding any by-election as stipulated by the Act.