PLANS are in progress for the construction of a sugarcane trans-loading station at Seaqaqa.
Sugar Tribunal Commissioner Timothy Brown said they were having talks with the European Union to fund the construction of such a station in Seaqaqa.
Mr Brown said the planned station would include a weighbridge and equipment that tests for sugar content in sugar cane before a load is transported to the Labasa sugar mill.
"Handling is an issue that we will ensure is maintained highly in this trans-loading station to avoid cane wastage and unnecessary time consumption in transportation of cane to the mill," said Mr Brown.
"We are also looking at bringing back the rail system of transporting sugarcane for an efficient transportation system for our farmers.
"This will also help farmers reduce costs of transportation that they are presently facing."
Mr Brown said the rail system was the cheapest method of transporting sugar cane to the mills.
"Our rail system efficiency was measured at 42 per cent and this needs to be upped to 50 per cent to cater for the farmers supplies and in a way reduce costs.
"The improvement of the rail system will also ensure traffic flow is not affected by trucks that congest roads during crushing season."