Labasa mill to end crush­ing on Sun­day: FSC Labasa Mill GM

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The Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion Labasa mill will close for 2016 crush­ing sea­son this Sun­day (Novem­ber 6). This was con­firmed by the mill gen­eral man­ager Karia Christopher yes­ter­day.

“This will be the first su­gar mill to close for 2016 crush­ing sea­son,” Mr Christopher said. “Sug­ar­cane farm­ers are aware that the mill will be closed as this has been no­ti­fied by the Fiji Su­gar Tri­bunal through me­dia.

“If the need for ex­ten­sion arises, we might be able to ne­go­ti­ate and give one ex­tra day.” Mr Christopher said they were aware of the prob­lems faced by the farm­ers and hoped that they will man­age and sup­ply cane to the mill within this few re­main­ing days. “The mill has been func­tion­ing well with­out any ma­jor prob­lems this year,” Mr Christopher said. “So far there had been two ship­ments of su­gar to Europe and the date for the third ship­ment hasn’t be con­firmed yet.” Mean­while, Na­tional Farm­ers Union pres­i­dent Suren­dra Lal said he was op­ti­mistic that farm­ers would be able to work ac­cord­ing to the time frame given. “One of the ma­jor prob­lems faced by the farm­ers in Vanua Levu is labour short­age,” he said. “What I have been told that farm­ers travel to dif­fer­ent prov­ince to get labour­ers and some­times the only op­tion avail­able is to wait for the labour­ers that are al­ready work­ing in some­one’s farm. “Al­though we have me­chan­i­cal har­vesters, this is only useful on flat land. “I hope that labour short­age prob­lem can be looked into be­fore 2017 crush­ing sea­son be­gins.”

This will be the first su­gar mill to close for 2016 crush­ing sea­son. Sug­ar­cane farm­ers are aware that the mill will be closed as this has been no­ti­fied by the Fiji Su­gar Tri­bunal through me­dia

Karia Christopher

Gen­eral Man­ager for Labasa Mill

Photo: SHRATIKA NAIDU

Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion (FSC) Labasa mill gen­eral man­ager Karia Christopher.

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