SUGARCANE growers supplying the Lautoka and Penang mills are being urged to increase delivery after the FSC revealed low supply was affecting both mills.
Acting Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said while industry stakeholders acknowledged that farmers faced logistical issues, measures had to be put in place to ensure supply was maintained.
"With the concerns raised time and again by the FSC of low cane supply to the mills, the SCGC is urging growers to put in extra effort to ensure consistent supply of cane to the mills," he said.
"While there are many challenges as far as the harvesting and transportation is concerned, it remains the responsibility of growers who produce cane for their livelihood to arrange for cutters and transport to the mills."
Mr Chetty said it was unfortunate that mill improvements had not been matched by the cane supply needed to ensure minimum disruptions.
"The tonnes of cane to tonnes of sugar (TCTS) ratio has improved significantly, so the onus is now on the growers to produce more cane and get it harvested and delivered to the mills on time to take advantage of better cane payment.
"The stop-start situation at the mills, apart from incurring additional processing costs to the mills, is also having a negative impact on sugar make (TCTS)."