FIJI: EU warning on future of Fijian sugar industry
The European Union has warned Fiji that it is not preparing sufficiently for 2007 when the country will lose its sugar price subsidies, endangering the future of the island's sugar industry. The current situation sees Fiji selling around 165,000 tonnes of its annual raw sugar output of 400,000 to the EU for twice as much as general world sugar prices. But European Development Commissioner Poul Nielson has said that the subsidies, which amount to €50-60m (US$48.9-58.7m) per year, will not continue past 2007.
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