23 Nov 2009

New body to replace Fiji's Sugar Cane Gower's Council by year end

11:25 am on 23 November 2009

Fiji's Ministry of Sugar says a new body, to replace the abolished Sugar Cane Growers Council, will be formed before year end with fewer members.

It's permanent secretary, Manasa Vaniqi, says the 38 Council members were issued termination letters because it had become a financial liability for the interim regime.

Mr Vaniqi told FijiLive that the Attorney General's Office is in the process of setting up a new body.

He says there will be fewer members than its predecessor and none of the 38 terminated councillors will be reappointed.

The cane growers council was established in 1984 to protect and further the interests of registered sugarcane farmers.

The councillors were elected every three years with councillors representing each of the 38 sectors of Fiji's sugar industry.