India's Modi pledges $70 million credit for Fiji sugar industry

November 19, 2014 7:34 AM

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India's Modi pledges $70 million credit for Fiji sugar industry

SUVA (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pledged a multi-million dollar line of credit for Fiji's struggling sugar industry, once worked by thousands of indentured labourers from India under appalling conditions.

Sugar was the mainstay of the island economy under British colonial rule before falling into disarray during decades of political upheaval and racial tension between the descendants of early cane field workers and indigenous Fijians.

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