Bula Vinaka & Warm greetings
As a new Minister of Sugar Industry, I am honored to lead the sugar industry. Being a cane farmer and possessing wealth of sugar industry knowledge, the industry is always at my heart and will be my primary objective in my term as Minister responsible, to ensure the steady forward progress and sustainability of the sugar industry.
There are numerous challenges faced by the industry that contributed to its diminishing performance for the past years. These challenges requires swift and pinpointing approaches to address them given the many individuals depending directly and indirectly on the sugar industry. The industry remains a resilient one and continues to provide a stable supportive ground for the people and the national economy in catastrophic times such as incursion of Covid -19 pandemic
A consultative and collaborative approach by the six sugar institutions is fundamental for the sugar industry. I will ensure the returning of elections for Sugar Cane Growers Councilors that will emphasize the need of growers. The industry will also establish a reward system for growers to encourage them increase yield of cane and to supply green cane to the sugar mills. Furthermore, most of the legislations and guides for the sugar industry such as Master Award will be reviewed to reflect the current operating environment.
Key infrastructural improvement is required for the industry such as upgrading of rail system, more investment in mechanization on harvesting and production. The restoration of Penang mill is also in the broad plan of revamping the sugar industry. The government in collaboration with the sugar industry will work on the plan. The overall goal is to increase cane and sugar production in the coming years.
Being the government regulatory arm to the sugar industry, the Ministry of Sugar Industry ensures that right environment is created and maintained whereby the “six” sugar industry institutions and cane farmers work closely together to achieve a thriving sugar industry for Fiji.
The Ministry is committed to creating a modern, economically viable and sustainable sugar industry. It is assessing the emerging challenges facing the industry, developing and implementing innovative solutions to support sugarcane growers.
We aim to build a stronger connection between all industry stakeholders, enhance information sharing and improve our service delivery to all stakeholders.
God Bless Fiji.
Minister for Sugar Industry
Hon. Charan Jeath Singh