FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan has made what is described as “a government statement” designed “to attract interested individuals and families to take up the offer to start cane farming”. So that’s why our sugar production has been going down. We haven’t got enough farmers. Can he be serious? What the sugar industry needs is trust. This was destroyed by the wrecking of the mills and the removal of all voices that could actually speak on behalf of farmers. And where is the land that FSC can offer to “new” farmers? Will it be the farms of old farmers where the regime has had the TLTB cancel leases because they’re no longer being used to grow cane? What the sugar industy needs is trust and for that we need a new Minister and Permanent Secretary for Sugar and a new chairman and board at FSC. Applicants should apply in October.