SUGAR mill preparations at the three factories on Viti Levu are progressing well, says Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman Abdul Khan.
And the dry spell and weather conditions — hot days and cool nights — are optimum for obtaining good cane maturity and sugar content, which he said should contribute to good sugar yield when processing begins in two months time.
"The mill preparation works at the Lautoka, Rarawai and Penang mills are going well and we will be ready for cane processing when the season starts around mid-June. If this weather keeps up, our cane maturity should be good as well."
Mr Khan said farmers could also look forward to the implementation of the cane quality payment system this season.
"In terms of the cane quality payment system, there won't be trial runs prior to start of cane processing but the trials will run in parallel with the season."
The system, which was supposed to be implemented last year, was deferred to this season because of the late arrival of equipment from vendors.
Mr Khan said the FSC was anticipating a total crush of about two million tonnes this season.