LESS than 48 hours before the commencement of crushing at the Rarawai mill in Ba, the Fiji Sugar Corporation says it is optimistic of a good season.
Executive chairman Abdul Khan said the enthusiasm shown by cane growers was indicative of a new era — one where all the stakeholders worked in partnership for the betterment of the sugar-producing business and the national economy.
"All systems are go and we have forecast a total crush of two million tonnes and total sugar production of between 210,000 to 215,000 tonnes," Mr Khan said.
Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said farmers were geared up for the crushing season.
"Growers are happy with the way the industry is working in an integrated manner and we are very hopeful of a smooth crushing season," Mr Chetty said.
The Penang mill in Rakiraki will commence crushing on June 27 and the country's largest mill in Lautoka will begin on July 1.