countryaah, Fiji has an agricultural-dominated market economy. The
most dominant forage crop is sugar cane, which accounts for
80 percent of total agricultural production.
Other important agricultural products are coconuts,
cassava and unpeeled rice. The country's economy weakened
dramatically in connection with the military coup in 1987
and the exit from the Commonwealth, which was a direct
consequence of this. Fiji then sought new markets for its
foreign trade, and during the 1990s the economy was more
oriented towards Asian countries such as China, Taiwan,
South Korea and Japan. The most important branch of the
manufacturing industry is food production (sugar, copra). In
mineral production, gold is of the greatest importance.
Water energy is the most important source of energy.
However, a considerable proportion of Fiji's imports consist
of petroleum products. Tourism is a major source of income
and gives the country a significant inflow of foreign