EUROPEAN UNION SAYS FIJI SHOULD INCREASE SUGAR PRODUCTION

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SUVA, Fiji (April 19, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---The European Union representative in Fiji, David McRae, says annual sugar production will have to increase from 400,000 tons to 800,000 tons annually if European countries are to continue to buy from Fiji.

McRae told a sugar seminar in Nadi last week that European markets were beginning to demand more from producing countries, Island Networks Corporation reports.

He said the changes in Europe will directly affect the livelihood of about one third of Fiji's population because of the importance of sugar to the country's economy.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Sugar Corporation believes Fiji is no exception to the crisis facing sugar producing countries around the world.

Deputy Chairman, Hafiz Khan, says while there will be an acute shortage of sugar internationally, Fiji aims to meets its 1998 export quotas.

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