THE arrival of a new locomotive to the Labasa mill is expected to ease the problem of transportation and inconsistent cane supply.
The mill management and staff last week received the new Australian-made transport.
Mill manager Christopher Karia said the locomotive would basically assist them in the supply of cane.
"The locomotive will serve canefarmers in Wainikoro, Daku and Bucaisau who use rail trucks to transport cane to the mill," Mr Karia said.
"We noticed that there was an imbalance in the ratio of cane lorries and rail trucks carting cane to the mill and that's why a new locomotive was essential to efficiently supply cane on time.
"This is a powerful transport that can pull numerous rail trucks in one trip.
"This is another part of our project aimed at assisting farmers and at the same time, boost cane supply for production."
Meanwhile, farmers in the Wainikoro area have welcomed the new transport.
Farmer Sarda Prasad said this would enhance their work in terms of transporting cane to the mill on time.
This newspaper earlier highlighted the plight of some farmers in the area who had problems in transporting cane to the mill because of the delay in the arrival of rail trucks.