MILL REACHES MAGIC MILLION MARK
JOHN Gorringe breathed a sigh of relief as Isis Central Sugar Mill crushed its millionth tonne of the season just before 2pm yesterday.
The season can only be described as a roller-coaster ride, as Mr Gorringe revealed forecasts earlier this year showed the total could have dropped to as low as 800,000 tonnes.
“That would’ve been a disaster,” the chief executive officer said.
Isis mill’s target is about double that figure, with most eyes set on trying to better 2012’s record mark of 1.5 million tonnes.
Mr Gorringe said initial budgets had allowed for a crush of almost 950,000 tonnes, with the combined effect of severe drought and frost causing lowered predictions.
That figure has since been revised up to 1.15m tonnes, and Mr Gorringe held hope it could budge last year’s figure of 1.164m.
“It’s a really good result, considering what it could’ve been,” he said.
“It was looking to be a complete disaster.”
Mr Gorringe said this year’s crush was expected to end in the next two-and-a-half weeks.
DISASTER AVERTED: Isis Central CEO John Gorringe is relieved the crush has passed the million-tonne mark.