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Council urges farmers to harvest and transport cane urgently

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, November 16, 2012

HARVEST and transport all cane to your respective mill as soon as possible.

This was an urgent plea from the Sugar Cane Growers Council to farmers in Lautoka and Ba as the termination of crush dates for the two mills close in for the 2012 season.

"All cane growers supplying the Rarawai mill in Ba and the Lautoka mill are urged to make every effort to harvest their cane and transport them as soon as possible.

The termination of crush dates are drawing near and if inconsistent cane supply continues then there will not likely be any extension to crushing past the announced dates," said acting chief executive officer of the SCGC, Sundresh Chetty.

He also reminded growers that the swift harvesting and transportation of cane to the mills was in their best interest.

"The more cane you deliver, the more money you will receive. The onus is on growers to extend every effort and move as much cane as possible to the mills. The mills are running very well as evidenced by the tonnes cane to tonnes sugar (TCTS) and it is up to the growers to ensure that all harvestable cane is processed in the Lautoka and Ba cane areas," said Mr Chetty.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has announced a huge reduction on TCTS with improvements made to all mills in the country. In an earlier interview with this newspaper FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said on average TCTS stood at 9.3, a significant improvement over 14 in 2010 and 13 last year.

The country's biggest mill at Lautoka is scheduled to terminate crush on November 25 while processing ends at Ba on December 12.


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