SUGARCANE growers in Lovu near Lautoka have lauded efforts made by the Sugar Ministry to temporarily fix a crossing that will assist in the carting of harvested cane to the Lautoka mill.
Morawa Sauqaqa, one of the biggest cane growers in the area, said the interim measure allowed tractor-trailers to move up to three tonnes of cane to the rail loading zone situated near BS Charan Rd.
"Anything more than that will not be possible because the Lovu Tenant crossing was built up using soil and gravel," he said.
"This will provide temporary relief for growers utilising the rail network because tractors hauling rail carts will now have easy access to the rail loading zone and this will reduce costs.
"Those who use lorry transport will still have to pay extra costs until an access way that comes out near the Fiji Water depot is improved to allow for cane trucks to travel through there."
Sugar Cane Growers Council acting CEO Sundresh Chetty said the temporary improvement to the Lovu Tenant crossing was made possible through funding from the Sugar Ministry.
The Fiji Roads Authority said permanent repairs would be made next year.