THE Fiji Sugar Corporation says the introduction of the cane quality payment system is facing teething issues.
Speaking to this newspaper yesterday, executive chairman Abdul Khan said while advocacy prior to the start of the crushing season this year had been extensive, there were some issues with establishing cane quality payment system hardware at all the mills in the country.
"The installation at some of the mills have not been completed but so far the response from the farmers has been very good," he said.
The FSC and sugar industry stakeholders had planned on establishing a cane quality payment system to run parallel with the pay-by-weight system in place this season at all four mills.
For the latter part of last year and in the lead-up to the start of crush this season, numerous meetings were held with sugarcane growers to educate them on the need to diversify into three main types of cane crops — early, mid and late maturing.
This was to assist them in reaping the benefits of the new payment system.