An empirical analysis of sugarcane production in Fiji, 1970-2000

Narayan, Paresh Kumar 2004, An empirical analysis of sugarcane production in Fiji, 1970-2000, Economic analysis and policy, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 53-62.

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Title An empirical analysis of sugarcane production in Fiji, 1970-2000
Author(s) Narayan, Paresh KumarORCID iD for Narayan, Paresh Kumar
Journal name Economic analysis and policy
Volume number 34
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 62
Total pages 10
Publisher Economic Society of Australia Inc.
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 0313-5926
Summary Fiji is a small island country in the South Pacific. Sugar is its oldest industry, being in the vanguard of economic growth and development for over a century. Today the oldest industry, not only in Fiji but also in the South Pacific Island countries, is shrivelling and is poised on the precipice of collapse. The literature to date has singled out expiring land leases and the inability of the government to resolve this issue as the key to the current calamity. This paper aims to estimate a sugarcane production model for Fiji, delineating the short-run and long-run determinants. It expands the Cobb-Douglas production function in specifying the sugarcane production model and uses time series data (1970-2000) in estimating it. The major findings are that area harvested and fertiliser (capital), labour force and prices paid to sugarcane farmers have made positive contributions to sugarcane production in both the short- and long-run. The finding on the statistical significance of area harvested has direct relevance to the current land problems in Fiji. It is envisaged that the results will appeal to Fijian policy makers and that a speedy solution to the problem of expiring and non-productive use of sugarcane land will be achieved.
Language eng
Field of Research 140201 Agricultural Economics
160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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