Why is Fiji's government spending $9 million propping up the sugar industry with grants to farmers? Surely a successful farmer can do his own work. Seems to me that they continually want the sugarcane farmers to keep on going even though their rewards are minimal in this kind of industry. You could make five times the profit just by planting watermelons I reckon. One other thing I discovered by discussing the topic of cane farming is that if you have a cane lease you can get a loan, so that means some farmers just take advantage of this, and then they are continually indebted to the lender, and each year just get another loan etc. etc. Not good business at all.
Here's the article in the Fiji Sun. http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/01/14/apply-now-for-re-planting-grant-farmers-urged/
And in the Fiji Times - which adds the bit about farmers effected by flooding etc.