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Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, January 04, 2014

BEGINNING this season, the FSC will put in place measures to correctly gauge how much standover cane is recorded each year.

Executive chairman Abdul Khan said about 50 per cent of crop marked as standover could not be harvested because of geography and other difficulties.

"Although the total standover cane theoretically is around 40,000 tonnes, realistically and with a lot of hardship and additional cost, approximately half of this volume could have been harvested and delivered to the mills," he said.

"I think that as an industry we need to review the whole issue of so-called standover cane.

"The reason being we tend to classify certain cane which is not harvestable but are on the farm register as standover cane.

"Due to the work we did this past season, we will now properly classify all so-called standover cane to ensure we target to have all harvestable cane processed in the coming season."

Mr Khan said more emphasis would be placed on upgrading the rail system to improve rail cart access and availability.

"I think delivery as a whole has to be looked at.

"We all know that our rail system has been neglected for too long and we are putting the effort into ensuring that we end up with a reliable rail system and hence a better cane delivery system overall."

Standover cane is the sugarcane that is left in the fields after the completion of the harvest.

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