Over One Mil­lion Tonnes Crushed

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - EDITED BY: KATHRIN KR­ISHNA CHARLES CHAM­BERS

The three su­gar mills have crushed over one mil­lion tonnes of su­gar cane to date. The Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion is bank­ing on good weather to see the re­main­ing cane har­vested in time be­fore the mills close.

Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited’s Gen­eral Man­ager Op­er­a­tions Mikaele Biukoto said the re­cent spate of wet weather had ham­pered har­vest­ing in some places but he was hop­ing the present good weather held out. Mr Biukoto said there was about 300,000 to 400,000 tonnes of su­gar cane still left stand­ing in the fields.

“We are urg­ing farm­ers, es­pe­cially in Labasa to make the ex­tra ef­fort in har­vest­ing the re­main­ing su­gar cane,” he said. Labasa Su­gar Mill is sched­uled to close op­er­a­tions on Novem­ber 6. No dates have yet been set for the Lautoka and Rarawai Mills. Mr Biukoto said there were no is­sues with any of the three mills as all have been crush­ing nor­mally with­out any ma­jor break­downs. “We are hop­ing for a con­ti­nu­ity of crush at these mills and that is why we are urg­ing farm­ers to make good use of the weather and har­vest as much cane as pos­si­ble,” he said. Mr Biukoto said the sup­ply of su­gar cane to the mills by the farm­ers had im­proved and he was hope­ful that this would con­tinue to in­crease so the mills keep crush­ing with­out halt­ing the process due to lack of sup­ply.

Load­ing cane to be trans­ported to the Lautoka Su­gar Mill.

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