Labasa sugar cane farm­ers to col­lect $1.3m to­day

Amount paid on the fore­cast price of $39.42 per met­ric tonne of sugar cane

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Sugar cane farm­ers in Labasa who had har­vested and sup­plied their crops to the mill since crush­ing be­gan will in to­tal be paid $1.3 mil­lion by the Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion to­day. FSC ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Ab­dul Khan con­firmed this yes­ter­day adding that the amount is paid on the fore­cast price of $39.42 per met­ric tonne of sugar cane. This first cane pay­ment is paid to farm­ers who har­vest their sugar cane and de­liver it to the mill by the cut off time, usu­ally about two weeks after har­vest­ing be­gins. Mr Khan said the Labasa Mill had crushed over 77,000 tonnes to date, pro­duc­ing over 7100 tonnes of sugar. The mill has had mi­nor teething prob­lems and crush­ing has con­tin­ued with­out much

prob­lems. Mr Khan had ear­lier re­quested farm­ers to in­crease the sup­ply of sugar cane to the mill to min­imise stop­pages be­cause of low cane sup­ply. Mean­while, Lau­toka Sugar Mill be­gan its steam tri­als yes­ter­day in prepa­ra­tion for crush to­wards the end of next week.

Lau­toka will start a day after crush­ing be­gins at Rarawai Mill in Ba. Mr Khan said the steam tri­als were nor­mally to check for steam leak­ages and get the ma­chin­ery ready for the be­gin­ning of crush.

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