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FSC to discuss logistics

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

THE Sugar industry strategic action plan to revitalise cane growing is already showing positive results, says FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan.

New crops have close to double yield per hectare and if this trend continues across all sugar growing areas, the 2017 target of processing 4 million tonnes of sugar is definitely on track.

Mr Khan said growers were taking heed of the message to not only increase planting but improve husbandry methods.

"We feel that the major focus will be replanting, replacement of old ratoons and bringing fallow land back into production," he said.

"Government has allocated $8.4million in the budget to accelerate cane production.

"Also, we have seen that from new planted cane, our average yield was 80 tonnes per hectare compared to 42 to 45 tonnes over the last few years."

The strategic action was implemented this year after the completion of reforms established in 2010.

It featured the sluggish but positive turnaround of the industry, the result of failed mill upgrades and politicisation, said Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi.