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Rarawai mill on standby

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THE Lautoka sugar mill has processed 490,500 tonnes of cane and produced 46,500 tonnes of sugar.

However, the FSC says standover cane data cannot be provided as some harvestable cane from Lautoka will be transported to Rarawai in Ba.

FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said the termination-of-crush date was moved from December 5 to December 4 because of continuing issues with sugar cane supply.

"The main reason is the lack of continuous supply of sugar cane for processing," Mr Khan said.

"It appears that since we have made a real effort to get all the available cane out, a number of 'difficult' cane has been harvested which obviously lead to the stop-start nature of processing."

Mr Khan said standover cane data would be revealed once crushing at Rarawai ended.

"We will have details on standover cane once we stop processing at Rarawai mill. The reason being, if there is crop in the Lautoka designated area that can be processed at Rarawai, we will make the effort to do so."

Mr Khan said preliminary evaluation of all four mills showed Penang mill in Rakiraki performed the best this season in terms of sugar extraction and mill availability.