Labasa Mill closes crush­ing for the sea­son

Fiji Sun - - Business - JOSAIA RALAGO

The Labasa Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion Mill yes­ter­day closed this year’s crush­ing sea­son on a high in what the man­age­ment has termed as a mile­stone. The Mill had man­aged to crush a to­tal of 653,400 tonnes of cane be­fore the last lot of cane were pro­cessed yes­ter­day morn­ing. And while it would take two more days to fi­nalise the num­bers, mill Gen­eral Man­ager Karia Christo­pher ap­plauded FSC em­ploy­ees in the North for a job well done. “The con­fir­ma­tion will come once we fi­nalise ev­ery­thing but it will not be too dif­fer­ent from the fig­ures we have given al­ready,” Mr Christo­pher said. “The team­work and ef­fort shown by the work­ers had been the se­cret in­gre­di­ent to our suc­cess.”

Pro­duc­tion Su­per­in­ten­dent Ilaitia Ra­tu­mainaceva said that they were look­ing at a to­tal of 72,600 to 72,700 tonnes of sugar pro­duced. He added the in­side stop were the best ever recorded for the Labasa Mill.

Out­side stop refers to the stop in pro­duc­tion be­cause of a lack in sup­ply and in­side stop refers to a stop due to tech­ni­cal is­sues within the mill. “Sugar pro­duc­tion in terms of the out­side stop,is not more than 810 hours and in­side stop which is a record in this mill is 138.5 hours and that is in­deed achieve­ment for the Labasa Mill,” Mr Ra­tu­mainaceva said. How­ever, one of the chal­lenges iden­ti­fied by the man­age­ment was the short­age of cane sup­ply which caused a to­tal of equal to nearly five weeks mill clo­sure in the 16 weeks of op­er­a­tion. “The chal­lenges that we went through this year, one was cane sup­ply and that more was brought by the na­tional prob­lem of short­age of cane-cut­ters,” he said. “We could have done a lot bet­ter in our milling per­for­mance, had we not stopped close to five weeks be­cause of cane sup­ply stock,” Mr Christo­pher said. Labasa Mill is the first to close. Lau­toka and Rarawai will fol­low.

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