Raj’s $1.3m shot at sugar

Businessman George Shiu Raj speaks during the Ministry of Waterways Public Consultation in Rakiraki yesterday. Picture: SHAYAL DEVI

Businessman George Shiu Raj speaks during a Ministry of Waterways Public Consultation in Rakiraki. Picture: SHAYAL DEVI/FILE

Rakiraki businessman George Shiu Raj has invested $1.3 million into his cane farm by buying a mechanical harvester and five lorries.

The former minister says he spent this money because he believed in the viability of the industry.

“I have full faith in the industry and the Government that this industry will survive,” he said.

“This is the only industry that needs to be supported now and that’s why I have invested in it.”

Mr Raj purchased the mechanical harvester from India at a cost of $300,000 and the five lorries that will be used to cart cane cost $1m.

“I have always believed the money isn’t there in running a supermarket. If you don’t have the sugar stick, the economy will collapse in cane belt areas and no one will come to the supermarkets,” Mr Raj said.

He urged farmers in Fiji to produce four million tonnes of cane each year so that Fiji Sugar Corporation and farmers can have good financial returns.

‘This industry has been and will be the livelihood of thousands of people and we should support it.”

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