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Crushing extension

Maciu Malo
Monday, December 10, 2012

CANE growers in Ba and Tavua want the cane harvesting season be extended to allow all harvestable cane to be crushed at the Rarawai Mill.

The mill is scheduled to close for crushing tomorrow.

Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty said there were additional 50,000 tonnes of harvestable cane remaining in Ba and Tavua farms.

He said the council would approach the Sugar Tribunal and the Fiji Sugar Corporation to make their requests.

"The council is in the process of discussion because we still see that good amount of cane so farmers cane still need to be harvested from Tavua and Ba," said Mr Chetty.

"There are approximately 50,000 tonnes of harvestable standing cane in the fields that needed to be crushed. So far, the Rarawai Mill has crushed 480,000 tonnes of cane compared to the projected target of 530,000 tonnes.

"We wanted the crushing season to be extended so that we can be able to meet our cane crushing targets."

Mr Chetty said the lack of labourers was one of the major contributing factors in the delay of transporting cane to the mill.

"Farmers who have standover cane have been urged to liaise with the council should they have difficulties in the transporting of cane to the mill," he said.