Fiji Sugar Corporation Plans Diversification

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Sugar refining, ethanol production in cogeneration plants

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 14, 2014) – The head of the Fiji Sugar Corporation says plans to diversify the industry by investing in cogeneration plants, a sugar refinery and ethanol production were still in the pipeline.

Executive chairman Abdul Khan said due to the competitiveness of the global industry and the challenges posed to small producers like Fiji, the industry had to develop other revenue streams apart from just purely focusing on making sugar.

Diversification is critical for the survival of the industry and these capital investments have to be done for the 200,000 people who depend on the industry for their livelihoods, he said.

While the FSC has yet to announce how much diversification would cost, the combined figure is expected to be significant.

In an earlier interview with this newspaper, Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said the cost of establishing the Rarawai cogeneration plant was $131.6million [US$68 million] and the projected cost of the proposed sugar refinery had been pegged at about $56million [US$29 million].

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