FSC: 30 per cent of sugarcane to be mechanically harvested

The FSC says that 30 per cent of sugarcane will be mechanically harvested next year. Picture: SUPPLIED

THIRTY per cent of sugarcane will be mechanically harvested next year.
A statement issued by the Fiji Sugar Corporation confirmed this stating last year, forty-three mechanical cane harvesters operated across the cane belt harvesting the crop.
“This crushing season, this number is expected to grow to 60. Six of these harvesters will be operated by FSC,” the statement said.
According to FSC, the intention is to ensure that harvesters operate at optimum capacity, so that maximum cane can be harvested, resulting in a daily throughput increase, complemented with an increase in income for harvester operators.
Meanwhile, FSC has so far taken delivery of three new harvesters and another three are in transit to Fiji, expected to arrive in July this year.
“FSC remains committed to increasing the number of harvesters in operation and will conduct a review on the current harvesting capacities to evaluate the timing of when more mechanical harvesters are required.”