Crush­ing records

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CRUSH­ING oper­a­tions reached record-break­ing mo­men­tum dur­ing week 14 when the mill crushed 71,824.75 tonnes dur­ing the 168-hour pe­riod.

This weekly through­put is the high­est for the cur­rent sea­son and it is the sec­ond high­est weekly through­put ever recorded at the Isis Mill.

This is sur­passed only by the record set way back on Au­gust 17, 2007, when 72,383.03 tonnes were pro­cessed.

Ob­vi­ously har­vest­ing con­di­tions were ideal, mill per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent, cane qual­ity was good and trans­port de­lays were min­i­mal.

These fac­tors all in­flu­ence mill through­put and each sec­tion of the value chain con­trib­uted to this ex­cel­lent re­sult.

Sugar pro­duc­tion from the 71,824.75 tonnes of cane was recorded as 11,278 tonnes of IPS sugar.

This cal­cu­lates out to around 6.41 tonnes of cane for each tonne of IPS sugar.

CCS reached 15.04 units for the week and has moved to 13.81 units for the sea­son to date.

The CCS base price has been lifted to 13.50 units and pay­ments will be in bank ac­counts early next week.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS read­ing of 17.27 units was at­trib­uted to a grower on the Kolan River who supplied the va­ri­ety Q240 1R.

There were 13,991 tonnes of Q240 supplied for week 14 with a va­ri­ety CCS av­er­age of 15.25 units.

Q208 was the ma­jor va­ri­ety supplied with al­most 20,000 tonnes crushed through the mill, with the va­ri­ety record­ing a healthy 15.35 units of CCS.

The mill has now pro­cessed 861,545 tonnes of cane from the ex­pected 1.25 mil­lion tonnes es­ti­mated to be avail­able for harvest.

Crush­ing oper­a­tions are ex­pected to be com­pleted by early Novem­ber.

Fire dan­ger is in­creas­ing and a num­ber of in­ci­dents have arisen in the past cou­ple of weeks.

It is now time to im­ple­ment strate­gies to min­imise ex­po­sure to ac­ci­den­tal ig­ni­tion, such as good clean fire­breaks clear of combustibles.

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