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FSC targets 2million tonne sugar

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, March 03, 2014

THE FSC is optimistic it will process about two million tonnes of sugar cane this season.

Executive chairman Abdul Khan said the figure was achievable as long as the weather remains favourable.

"We believe that we can process anything in the vicinity of 1.9 million to two million tonnes," he said.

"We are quite optimistic that this can be achieved, barring any adverse weather hitting the country."

Mr Khan said the wet weather in the Western Division did not affect the crop in most areas except for plantations in some parts of Rakiraki.

"We were quite fortunate the recent rain caused a little of flooding in Rakiraki and did not have too much of an impact on our crop."

Meanwhile, sugar industry stakeholders holding consultations with cane growers in the Western Division called on farmers to rise to the challenge and increase production by improving farming methods.

FSC's manager extension services Samuela Railoa informed growers that production costs could be reduced simply by employing new and more efficient husbandry on their farms.

Mr Railoa said some farms had increased yield per hectare significantly simply by changing how they prepare land and plant cane.

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