What happened to Frank’s 2 million tonnes?

Abdul Khan says FSC has processed 1.15 million tonnes of cane and he thinks there’s around 600,000 to 700,000 tonnes of harvestable cane to go. That means he’s admitting the cane harvest could be as low as 1.75 million tonnes.  In May our Minister for Wrecking the Sugar Industry forecast  a 2 million tonne harvest.  And if the estimate is down to 1.75 million tonnes in September, we can be sure it’s going to be lower and Bainimarama has sent his front man out to set the tone and prepare farmers to blame the drought instead of him.  How stupid does he think we are?

Fiji Times September 09, 2014 Cane harvest concerns

Fiji Times May 10, 2014  Two million tonne harvest

4 Responses to “What happened to Frank’s 2 million tonnes?”

  1. KB Says:

    In the best years we had 4 million tonnes harvested from about 75,000 hectares. In 2006 we had 3.2 million tonnes.

    Now we have 1.75 million tonnes on 45,000 hectares.

    And not only that, the ratio of sugar production from tonne of cane has also got worse every year.

    That is why you have all those Labasa folks who have moved to the Suva-Nausori corridor…to hell with cane farming.

    I think we have to take away the land from the Fijians under the Land Use Decree, give it some Indians who are coming back to Fiji under the dual citizen programme – and they can start those huge corporate-type farms they have seen in Australia and California.
    Or better still, give the land to the Chinese and that will create jobs for Fijians to work on these sugarcane plantations …..the Fijian Girmitiyas.

    And what are you going to do when they take away your land – take them to court……GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

  2. RatuJack Visawaqa Bau. Says:

    kb go to india and try and take the land from them and come back and tell us what happen to you.

  3. Rmad1 Says:

    He will not have to TAKE land from anyone in India. He could just buy a piece for himself and own it for his lifetime unlike in Fiji where Indians can only lease a piece and see it rot after the lease expires.
    You, obviously, are another of those who live on hear-say and have no first-hand knowledge of what you state.

    When leases for cane farms expired, what happened to the land after that? IT WAS TURNED INTO JUNGLE! Fertile land, thousands upon thousands of acres was made barren.

    The landowners are the one ones responsible for the demise of the sugar industry, no one else!

  4. Tomasi Says:

    @Rmad, so tell us please, who was responsible for the success of the sugar industry? Was it only the farmers? How many players are involved? I thought, if anything, people such as you should be grateful that the poor landowners have given their land to make CSR and the nation successful. Many factors are involved in the industry. We have the landowners, the farmers, the FSC, the NLTB, the Governments, the unions, the sugar markets overseas, etc. Please get away from your blame game and see things clearly for what they are.

    By blaming the landowners, you are pointing the finger at the very people who are the most grateful and most important factor for the success of the sugar industry for all those years. The problem is they have been taken fro granted, and taken for a ride. It is not only true for the sugar industry. It also applies to the peppercorn leases for mahogany, pine, and the whole panorama of activities where native land is used. They have been given a raw deal and have been used as mere factors of production. So much so that after all these years of so called economic development, the native landowners are still some of the poorest people in Fiji. Where else in the world would you see that happening?

    And to make things worse, Khaiyum and his blind servant Voreqe have established the Land bank to further remove any control the native landowners might have over their land.

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