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Cane woes at mill

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CANE supply issues continue to plague one of two Western Division mills as crushing moves towards the final stages for this season.

Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) executive chairman Abdul Khan said supply to the Rarawai Mill in Ba has been consistent, however, intermittent and inconsistent supply continues to hamper production at the country's biggest mill in Lautoka.

"The cane supply at Rarawai Sugar Mill has been quite consistent and I would like to thank the farmers and the lorry people for their efforts," he said.

"Unfortunately, I can't say the same for cane supply to Lautoka Sugar Mill.

"We are still having difficulty getting consistent supply for processing and hence it is very difficult to look at extending our termination date for that mill," he said.

Mr Khan said despite a few hiccups at Rarawai, the Ba factory could produce close to 50,000 tonnes of sugar this season.

He said this was a mammoth achievement for a mill that was hit with debris and sludge from the two floods earlier this year.

He said the FSC was focused on processing all harvestable cane within the prescribed end of crushing dates —November 25 for Lautoka and December 12 for Rarawai— but the onus was on farmers and lorry operators to get harvested crop to the two mills on time.

"At this stage we are staying with our original termination dates and we are reviewing these dates on a daily basis," Mr Khan said.

"Our objective is to process all the available sugarcane but the cane needs to be harvested and delivered to our mills.

"I am urging all farmers and lorry people to please have your cane delivered to our mills," Mr Khan said.


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