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Growers happy

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 20, 2013

SUGARCANE growers in the West have lauded the FSC for the efficient performance of the Penang, Rarawai and Lautoka mills this season.

However, the growers said while confidence in the industry had grown, there were areas that needed improvement.

The canefarmers also applauded the industry's move to increase mechanisation because of labour issues faced by many during the 2013 harvesting period.

Jain Kumar from Ba said improvements at the Rarawai mill had increased cane processing and highlighted areas that needed a collective approach to finding solutions.

"We have to devote more resources to improving rail transportation," he said.

"The availability of rail carts was an issue and more are needed to ensure that the maximum amount of cane is taken to the mill.

"We faced a big problem with labour and getting mechanical harvesters will address this issue to some extent," he said.

Mr Kumar harvests an average of 700 tonnes of cane annually at his farm in Ba.

In an earlier interview with this newspaper, FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said improving the rail network and facilitating the purchase of mechanical harvesters were part of planned improvements under the Sugar Industry Strategic Action Plan that was implemented last year.