FIJI SUGAR COMMISSION CONCERNED OVER EXPORT COMMITMENTS

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SUVA, Fiji (September 23, 1997 - PACNEWS)---The Fiji Sugar Commission (FSC) is concerned that Fiji may not be able to meet its 1997 sugar export commitments due to a reduced cane crop this season.

FSC Chairman Gerald Barrack says Fiji's four mills are expected to crush over 3.5 million tons of cane this year, which is much lower than the crop of over 4 million tons estimated at the beginning of 1997, Radio Fiji reports.

Barrack says sugar industry leaders have already started discussions with some international buyers of sugar about the likelihood that Fiji will not be able to meet export commitments.

He said an agreement already had been reached on sugar export targets for next year, but these, too, will depend on the actual amount of sugar produced.

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