Before the election the boast was “the highest cane price ever” (forgetting for a moment the highest costs of fertiliser and transport ever). Now there’s a slight change of tune. Abdul Khan has another promise, which is slightly different and very worrying. “I want to reassure growers that we will definitely try to keep the price as high as possible.” Definitely TRY? In other words: don’t bet your house on it. He claims FSC will rake in about $70million annually from the sale of electricity from cogeneration plants in Labasa and Rarawai in Ba. But this is not going to happen unless farmers can increase the production of cane. The threat is the downward spiral we’ve been under our Minister for Travelling to Sugar Conferences will continue.