The leader of an opposition party in Fiji says the low final payment to sugar cane farmers this year is another nail in the coffin of the sugar industry.

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad has appealed to the government to initiate a bipartisan inquiry into sugar to ensure that the economically vital industry continues.

He says with the final payment to farmers of 71 cents per tonne announced last week, it’s clear farmers cannot make a living.

Professor Prasad says Fiji Sugar Corporation Executive Chairman Abdul Khan is wrong when he says it it not the lowest payment to cane farmers in history.

(ABC)

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