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A new record

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CANEgrowers will receive $15.05 per tonne as the fourth cane payment for the 2013 season's crop. And Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said this would make it a record for the industry.

"The fourth cane payment will be $15.05 per tonne," he said.

Although the fourth cane payment for the 2012 season was higher at $20.40 per tonne, growers will, in total, receive a record payout when the fifth cane payment is made later this year.

"Total payment to the growers after the fourth payment will be $82.12 compared with $81.82 paid including the fifth payment for the 2012 crop."

Mr Chetty said once the fifth payment for the 2013 season was paid out, it would make it the highest cane farmers had ever received in the country.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation crushed a total of 1.61million tonnes of cane last season and produced 179,870 tonnes of sugar compared with 156,000 tonnes produced in 2012 last season from a total crush of 1.55million tonnes.

More than two million tonnes is expected to be crushed this season which begins next month.

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