A SLOW sugarcane supply is affecting the FSC's production schedule in the West.
FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said the issue was a cause for concern, especially for the country's largest sugar-producing factory in Lautoka.
"Unfortunately, we are not able to meet our projected crush rates and targets because the farmers are unable to keep up with the supply and delivery of cane," he said.
"We are requesting all lorries to come to the mill at Lautoka because we are running low on cane again."
The FSC projected a total target crush for Viti Levu mills of 1.22million tonnes of cane producing more than 124,000 tonnes of sugar this season.
As of last week, the Penang, Rarawai and Lautoka mills had processed just more than 680,000 tonnes of cane and produced 72,500 tonnes of sugar.
Mr Khan said end-of-crush dates could be revised because cane-processing and sugar production were far short of the projected targets.
Initially, crushing was expected to conclude on September 30 at Penang, October 13 at Lautoka and October 26 at Rarawai, according to a statement by the Sugar Industry Tribunal on June 10.
Mr Khan said discussions were being held to reassess the termination dates.
"We had follow-up meetings earlier this week and have proposed tentative dates to the tribunal.
"I hope we can announce those dates next week."