Fiji’s sugar mills are outdated: Karan
13:32 Fri Dec 08, 2017
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Akosita Talei
Fiji’s sugar cane yield is low compared to other countries because the infrastructure is outdated says Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Yogesh Karan.
Karan says a lot of initiatives should have taken place during the golden era of Fiji Sugar Corporation, however, nothing much was done.
He also says Fiji’s sugar mills are over a century old and the FSC should have invested in new mills when they were making profits during the peak years.
“They should have been planning for new mills, so much more efficient mills. Our mills are very old and it’s most efficient like the ones you find in other parts of the world so when you put all these overhead costs, eventually the farmer has to pay. We also have challenges in the rail system and over the many years, our rails have also not been looked after well.”
Karan says not much can be done now as our mills are running on old systems, however, FSC has to see when the new and modern machines can be brought in.
The Permanent Secretary says they have directed the FSC to start considering looking for new modern mills.
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