ABOUT 6000 tonnes of sugarcane that got burnt over a four-day period in the Western Division has proven to be in the favour of the Fiji Sugar Corporation.
Executive chairman Abdul Khan said the burnt cane was able to be immediately processed because mill operations had improved significantly.
"While cane field fires are not something we encourage, in this case the burnt cane helped with our supply issues, especially at Lautoka and Penang mills," he said.
Because the mills were running well, we were able to get the cane in quick and process it immediately and this maximised on sugar extraction. Because we are having issues with cane supply, any cane that is delivered to our mills is processed straight away.
"Every time there is a disaster, there is also a good news story and this is the only positive to have come out of this."
However, Mr Khan said the FSC and industry stakeholders do not condone the illegal burning of sugarcane and warned that anyone caught setting cane fields alight would be taken to task.
Cane field fires cost the industry $22million last year and $11m so far this year.