DESPITE the $690,000 infrastructural damage suffered by the Rarawai mill during Tropical Cyclone Evan, the factory is predicting a good crushing season for 2013.
During a Ministry of Information organised tour of the mill, the mill manager Sailasa Waitawa revealed that in addition to the mill damage, 15 per cent of the crops were also affected during the disaster.
Mr Waitawa said most of the damage involved staff quarters.
"We are confident of increasing our cane production and meeting the 600,000 tonnes production forecast for this year," he said.
"In fact, our field officers are still carrying out cane land disposition and from there we will be in a better position to forecast our 2013 production."
Mr Waitawa said repairs to damaged homes and mill infrastructure were ongoing. "Employees whose homes were damaged by the cyclone are slowly recovering.
"We are also waiting for the delivery of building materials especially the roofing iron to be able to complete all the required repairs," Mr Waitawa said.
He said it was a milestone for the mill to produce more than 500,000 tonnes of cane last year despite the two floods and cyclone that affected many cane farmers.