World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Fiji Rice Industry collapsing


Fiji Rice Industry collapsing

Sun, 11 Feb 2001 09:58:56 +1200

PEOPLE'S COALITION GOVERNMENT, FIJI Issue No: 468 11 February 2001

visit our website: http://www.pcgov.org.fj

Rice Industry collapsing

The country's rice industry is collapsing rapidly.

Today's Sunday Times reports that rice farmers are now no longer planting rice because the state owned Rewa Rice company is not paying them a price which can sustain the industry. It says that farmers were paid $400 per tonne of rice, then the price fell to $350, then to $300, and now it stands at $200. "They stopped purchasing our rice almost six months ago", said a farmer. But Rewa Rice says it is still paying farmers $250 per tonne.

The People's Coalition Government had undertaken to rehabilitate the rice industry. This had attracted massive criticism from a rice milling company owned by businessman Hari Punja. The company reportedly has interests of some who are now in Qarase's cabinet. The company made huge gains when the Rabuka regime deregulated the rice industry. Cheap rice from Asian nations and Australia flooded the market squeezing out local producers. A major irrigation project in Lakena collapsed, with farmers leaving to search for cash employment in urban areas. Over 30,000 people in Fiji, mostly ethnic Indians, still depend on the rice industry for a livelihood.

The Qarase regime stopped the plan to rehabilitate the industry.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC