CANEfarmers will be paid according to the quality of their cane beginning next year.
FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said payment based on quality would begin next year despite the fact that the trial cane quality payment system was not fully established at all mills until late into the season this year.
During awareness programs with canegrowers in the Western Division last year, industry stakeholders informed growers that the cane quality payment system would be run in tandem with the traditional pay-by-weight system.
The exercise was to be conducted to demonstrate to the growers how the system worked and how much they would be paid in terms of quality against weight.
Mr Khan said the practice of burning cane would have an adverse effect on how much growers are paid under the new system.
"The cane quality payment system will be fully operational next sugarcane processing season," he said.
On whether the FSC would run a parallel pay-by-weight with the pay-by-quality system, Mr Khan said: "At this stage, our thoughts are to run the cane quality system and base all the cane payment on quality.
"Since we will be taking weights of all the cane that come to the mill, it is only prudent to ensure we have a back-up in place."
Sugar Ministry permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi said the $4.4million allocated by the government to purchase and establish the near-infrared cane quality payment system was fully utilised.