2016 Crush­ing Suc­cess At­trib­uted To Mill Em­ploy­ees’ Fam­i­lies

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Fam­i­lies of mill workers, cane farm­ers, lorry driv­ers and gangs have been dubbed the un­sung he­roes of the sugar in­dus­try in the coun­try. Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion Labasa mill gen­eral man­ager Karia Christopher has at­trib­uted the suc­cess of 2016 crush­ing sea­son to these peo­ple dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion at FSC sports court in Labasa on Fri­day. “These are the peo­ple who have worked be­hind the scene so that peo­ple like you and me can achieve the suc­cess of the over­all mill oper­a­tions,” Mr Christopher said. “We were able to crush 653,353 tonnes of cane and get 73,285 tonnes of sugar which is way be­yond our tar­get.”

Chief guest at the func­tion, lawyer Ami Kohli said the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties in Labasa al­ways re­lied on the sugar in­dus­try and they would con­tinue to sup­port and make sure that it ex­isted for­ever for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion. “I would like to thank ev­ery­one and also the In­dian ex­perts who left their fam­i­lies back in In­dia to teach and share knowl­edge to the workers at the mill. “On be­half of the Gov­ern­ment, stake­hold­ers and public of Macu­ata, I would like to ac­knowl­edge all your con­tri­bu­tions. “We have come through cane sup­ply prob­lem due to poor har­vest­ing ef­fort but the fac­tory op­er­ated ex­tremely well with­out ma­jor break­downs which we used to ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore.” Labasa Lorry Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Mohammed Idris said the over­all per­for­mance of the mill and the crush­ing sea­son was much bet­ter com­pared to last year.

“There are about 480 lorry driv­ers and we are happy that we didn’t get to ex­pe­ri­ence ma­jor mill break­down prob­lems and wait­ing long hours in the queue like pre­vi­ous years,” Mr Idris said. In any com­pany or in­dus­tries there is al­ways some prob­lem and Labasa mill is no ex­cep­tion. Hav­ing un­der­stood this, they de­cided to work to­gether with the mill man­age­ment and see how best they can toil to sup­ply cane to the mill.

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