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Sweet harvest

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, November 08, 2012

THE Lautoka and Rarawai sugar mills are expected to crush 1.021 million tonnes of sugarcane and produce 102,000 tonnes of raw sugar.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Sugar Corporation's executive chairman Abdul Khan.

Mr Khan said despite two major floods this year and the late start to crushing, both mills had performed "exceptionally well".

"Tonnes cane to tonnes sugar (TCTS) has been reduced on average from 13.6 last season to 9.3 so far and this is a significant improvement. Both the Rarawai mill in Ba and the Lautoka mill have been performing well above expectations and a good example of this is last week's processing data where the two mills crushed 43,000 tonnes of cane and produced 4000 tonnes of sugar. This was achieved despite the fact that cleaning and maintenance resulted in scheduled stops at both mills during the week," he said. Mr Khan said so far the FSC had shipped 64,000 tonnes of raw sugar to Tate and Lyle Sugars in the UK raking in $64 million in foreign exchange earnings for the country. The third sugar shipment is expected on November 22.

Meanwhile, Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said FSC's mill efficiency improvements had significantly boosted the confidence of cane growers in the country and signalled a huge step forward for the industry as a whole.


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