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Issue:Pacific Economic Bulletin - Volume 19, Number 2, 2004

Author:Biman Chand Prasad and Paresh Kumar Narayan

Title:The relationship between Fiji Sugar Corporation's profitability and sugarcane production: an empirical assessment

Abstract:The Fiji Government's inability to resolve the differences over land leases is widely seen as a major contributor to the difficulties experienced by the sugar industry. In this paper, however, a different perspective is provided on the industry's problems. In examining the relationship between the profitability of the Fiji Sugar Corporation and sugarcane production, it is found that profitability has had a statistically significant negative effect on sugarcane production, leading to the conclusion that the Fiji Sugar Corporation has been inefficient in the management of the mills, the rail transport system, and sugarcane research.

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