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Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. It is in the west of the island of  Viti Levu, 24 kilometres north of Nadi and port of entry in Fiji, after Suva. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane growing region, it is known as the Sugar City. Covering an area of 16 square kilometres.

 Lautoka is known as the Sugar City because of its sugar cane belt areas. The main Lautoka Sugar Mill  was founded in 1903, and is the city's biggest employer by far. Built for the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) by workers from India   and the Solomon Islands between 1899 and 1903, it hires some 1,300 employees today. Other industries include timber milling, garment manufacturing, distillery, brewery, jewellery, blending, steelworks, fishing, hatchery, domestic items, paints, and construction.

The name of the city is derived from two Fijian words meaning "spear hit. "According to an oral tradition, the name arose following a duel between two chiefs. As one speared the other, he was reported to have cried "Lau-toka!" ("Bull's eye!").The first known European sighting of the Lautoka area took place on 7 May 1789. Captain William Bligh  spotted and roughly charted the coasts of Lautoka while making his epic voyage to Timor, in the wake of the mutiny on the Bounty.

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