Toll crush talks to start soon
MOSSMAN Mill has signalled it will start negotiations with the Tableland factory on a toll crush agreement for the 2016 season next month.
If successful, it will be the second year Mackay Sugarcontracted cane is processed at the MSF Sugar-owned Tableland Mill after the rival millers reached a landmark deal to toll crush up to 250,000 tonnes of cane in April.
The agreement aimed to shorten the season for Mackay Sugar’s Tableland and Mossman growers and use spare milling capacity at the Mareeba facility, where a sugar marketing dispute halved cane supply last year.
Sam Adil (pictured), who was among approximately 70 Tableland growers to sign his cane over to the Mossman mill in 2013, welcomed the news the toll crush deal could be renewed.
“That’s very good to hear, I think it’s worked well,” he said.
“It’s beneficial to both mills because the Tableland mill can do with the extra work and Mossman mill needs a helping hand.
“Without the agreement, the Mossman mill wouldn’t be able to cope.”
Mr Adil and his brothers expect to harvest a near-record crop of 47,000 tonnes from their two properties at Mareeba and Biboohra.
“It won’t be our best but it will be a good harvest,” he said.
“The highest we’ve been is 48,000 tonnes – that was a while ago with the old Q124 variety, which was a very good one but we lost it to rust two years back.”
The Tableland crush has faced few disruptions thanks to mostly fine weather and is expected to finish by mid-November.
Superintendent Pat Ryan said the factory had been running very efficiently since returning to a seven-day operation.
“Factory reliability is 97.5 per cent of available time to date.”