AN estimated 70,000 tonnes of sugar are expected to be produced at the Labasa FSC mill this year.
This was revealed to the members of the Macuata Provincial Council meeting at the Friendly North Inn yesterday.
In his presentation, FSC representative Navitalai Masivuya said they expected to crush about 620,000 to 650,000 tonnes of cane this crushing season.
With just a fortnight to the opening of the new season, Mr Masivuya said the mill had improved dramatically over the past years in terms of efficiency, production and its overall operation.
He said the sugar industry was one of the country's major income earners and FSC was trying its best to produce more than one million tonnes of sugar, a production that was once achieved years ago.
Mr Masivuya said the government, FSC and stakeholders responsible had beseeched the public to work with them for the purpose of boosting the industry.
He said they needed support from the grassroots people in order to increase production.
Mr Masivuya said a lot of cane farms had been left idle in the North as a result of people moving out and taking up other income-generating sources.
He has pleaded with council members to join them in their bid to boost the industry in the North.