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Fiji's sugar industry at the crossroads

CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)
Title: Fiji's sugar industry at the crossroads
Author(s): Reddy, Mahendra
Yanagida, John F.
Publisher: Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Asia Pacific Press
The sugar industry of Fiji is facing two major problems, the anticipated loss of the higher priced European Union market and the expiry of land leases on which 73 per cent of Fijian Indian cane farmers are currently farming. A lower price for sugar implies that the industry has to raise its productivity to remain economically viable. Major changes in the industry are needed to achieve this. But these changes will fail to deliver if uncertainty and risk with regard to the expiring land leases in the industry are not removed. Therefore, a long-lasting solution to the land tenure problem should take precedence over any other changes in the industry at the micro level.
ISSN: 1834-9455 (online)
0817-8038 (print)


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