Singh: Fiji keen to learn from success of Mauritius’ sugar industry

Minister for Sugar Industry Charan Jeath Singh meets the President of the Republic of Mauritius , Prithvirajsing Roopun. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI GOVT

Fiji is keen to learn from the experience and success of Mauritius sugar industry, especially in areas of power co-generation, ethanol production and production of refined sugar.

Minister for Multi Ethnic Affairs and Sugar Industry Charan Jeath Singh – who led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Prithvirajsing Roopun – noted this during their meeting.

Issues affecting the sugar industry such as climate change and its impact, shortage of labour, ageing growers and lack of interest to cane farming by youths were some of the topics discussed in this meeting.

Mr Roopun commended Fiji’s lead in advocating the impacts of climate change in the region.

He emphasised that small State developing countries such as Fiji and Mauritius needed to work together with other developing States to fight carbon emissions and larger emitters.

Mr Singh visited Mauritius en route to Eswatini to attend the 62nd International Sugar Organization (ISO) workshop and Council Meeting that convenes from June 5-9.

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