FIJI'S RARAWAI SUGAR MILL TO REOPEN DESPITE SUGAR CANE SHORTAGE

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SUVA, Fiji (July 22, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Fiji's Sugar Industry Tribunal has ordered the Rarawai sugar mill --one of four in the nation-- to re-open and begin crushing cane starting next week.

A decision had been made earlier to close the mill for the rest of the year and lay off 600 workers, because of a shortage of cane.

The Tribunal yesterday heard arguments about the closure from industry and grower representatives in Suva, following which Tribunal chairman Jon Apted announced that an order to re-open the mill had been made.

He said there was concern there would not be enough cane to keep the mill working continuously, due to the prolonged El Niño-caused drought, and there was provision for the mill to be shut down if that turned out to be the case.

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