THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has revealed a total processing shortfall of close to 100,000 tonnes of sugar cane caused by low cane supply to all mills in the country.
Working on a tonnes cane to tonnes sugar (TCTS) ratio of 10:1, the shortfall means that as of Tuesday 10,000 more tonnes of sugar should have been produced than the current total of 141,000 tonnes.
"We have processed 1.27 million tonnes of sugar cane and produced 141,000 tonnes of sugar at a TCTS of 9," he said.
"We are just ahead on sugar make but, unfortunately, short in terms of sugar cane processed. As of today we should have received at least an additional 100,000 tonnes of sugar cane to process."
"Unfortunately, low cane supply continues to be a problem for us.
"We still do not seem to be able to get a continuous supply of sugar cane especially at our Lautoka and Penang sugar mills."
Mr Khan said so far the FSC had exported 47,000 tonnes of sugar of which, 19,000 tonnes was from last season's crush. The next export shipment of 31,900 tonnes of sugar is scheduled for Spain.