ABOUT 40 cane lorries in Rakiraki are not operating despite calls made to operators to assist in the consistent supply of cane from farms to the mill.
Rakiraki Cane Lorry Operators Association president Mahesh Prasad said transportation of cane was one of the contributing factors to the poor cane supply.
He said some growers with cane lorries only bothered about the transportation of their cane.
"There are 140 registered cane lorries in Rakiraki and about 40 are now no longer operating," said Mr Prasad.
"These 40 operators only concentrate on some growers while other growers are left to struggle looking for lorries.
"This problem led to the non-harvest of many cane farms last year which is something we do not want to repeat this season."
He said the road issue had been raised with the provincial development office on numerous occasions but little has been done to address the matter.
"Some of the cane access roads are in pathetic condition and lorry operators are refusing to use these roads because of road damage."
Ra provincial administrator Sitiveni Tavaga said cane access roads repair was ongoing with more than $200,000 being allocated for road repairs.