Fiji’s former sugar minister, says the cancellation of EU sugar funding for Fiji this year could lead to the collapse of the industry.
The European Commission has cancelled about 32 million US dollars worth of funding, saying it has taken the decision in the absence of any sign that a legitimate government will be in place in 2009.
Fiji’s former sugar minister and the general secretary of the National Farmers Union, Mahendra Chaudhry says the industry stakeholders need to get together to see what can be done
“Sugar is very important for Fiji’s economy, and if this industry collapses, it’s now reduced to half its former size, but if it should go together then of course it will have very grave consequences for Fiji’s economy, so it is in the interests of all concerned to do something to save this industry from collapse.”
Mahendra Chaudhry says the EC’s move is a big blow for farmers, as they would benefit most from the money.
Will somebody please tell that old blow-hard Mahendra Chordoci that his use-by date is long past and drag him off the national stage. Of all the bores in the world , few can be as pathetic as a failed politician, especially one who spruiked the state of the cane farmers of Fiji, talked up their fate and received lotsa paisa from his ‘homeland’ but squirreled it away in an Australian bank for his own use – go explain that to the canefarmers Chordoci, bloody old thief.