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Sugar Industry Boost

There will now be better management of the sugar industry after the launch of the Web Geographical Information System last night. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the portal at the
14 Nov 2014 08:19
Sugar Industry Boost
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with European Union Ambassdor Andrew Jacobs in Lautoka last night. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

There will now be better management of the sugar industry after the launch of the Web Geographical Information System last night.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the portal at the Sugar Cane Growers Building in Lautoka which will now see the digitisation of the sugar industry.

The portal was developed with F$875,000 technical assistance from the European Union, in partnership with the Belgian Government.

This portal will give information on farm and plot level to get a ‘real time’ picture of the performance of the industry.

“Using GPS – the satellite global positioning system – we can establish the precise parameters of our cane farms.

“We can walk around any farm with a GPS device and get the co-ordinates of those areas under cultivation and those areas that are fallow and where more can be grown,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It’s all digitised and stored in the industry’s WebGIS portal which is directly linked to the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s database.”

For each farm, information such as the name of the grower, the farm number and sector, the cane access road used, location of the nearest mill and the variety of the cane being grown can be accessed through this portal.

“It’s a wonderful new tool that marks a great leap forward in our ability to evaluate the industry’s performance and allow the FSC, the Government and other stakeholders to make better policy decisions and plan for the future,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said the woes of the past had been left behind and better days were ahead.

He said ALTA lease renewal issues have been resolved through the rental subsidy initiative which has benefitted tenants and landowners alike.

“$116m was invested in the upgrade of our three largest sugar mills as part of our drive to modernise the industry and put it on a more secure footing; plus the deals we’ve negotiated for the benefit of sugarcane growers and which have flowed through the entire economy.

“On the crush figures as at November 3, sugar production is up by 22 per cent.

“But more importantly, the amount of cane that it takes to produce a tonne of sugar is dramatically lower.”

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