Labasa Mill crushes 60,000 Tonnes

Fiji Sun - - Business - CHARLES CHAM­BERS EDITED BY: FILIPE NAIGULEVU Feed­back: charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

Close to 60,000 tonnes of su­gar cane has been crushed so far by the Labasa Su­gar Mill. Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Ab­dul Khan con­firmed this yes­ter­day as the mill en­tered its third week of crush. Mr Khan said the crush­ing so far has pro­duced 5200 tonnes of raw su­gar. Con­sid­er­ing the TSTC (tonne of su­gar per tonne of cane), Mr Khan said the present fig­ure was just over 10 which was in line for their ex­pec­ta­tion for the sea­son. Mr Khan said with that amount of sug­ar­cane crushed, there was an­other 600,000mt of su­gar cane to process. Mr Khan said the mill had been per­form­ing well since the be­gin­ning of the crush­ing sea­son. “There haven’t been any ma­jor is­sues other than the nor­mal teething prob­lems ex­pected as we start the mill.” Mr Khan said they were hop­ing the sup­ply of cane to the mill would in­crease. “We are rea­son­ably com­fort­able but it will be bet­ter if the sup­ply was higher. “We are ask­ing farm­ers to con­tinue with the sup­ply of cane so that we can have all the cane pro­cessed as quickly as pos­si­ble,” he said.

As for the other two mills, Lautoka and Rarawai, which are due to be­gin crush­ing in two weeks time, Mr Khan said ev­ery­thing was ready for the new sea­son.

“We are still aim­ing to be ready by 19th July for Lautoka and 20 July for Rarawai,” he said.

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