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FSC gives harvest assurance

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has assured 62 canegrowers in Ba affected by the closure of the Koronubu bridge that their harvested crop will be processed this season.

Executive chairman Abdul Khan said a diversion was being built to ensure harvestable cane would be transported to the Rarawai mill.

"The damaged bridge is being repaired, however, the work is expected to take until the end of July to be completed," he said.

"Once it has been repaired, the bridge will only cater for rail carts and people transport."

Mr Khan added once the weight allowable for the repaired bridge was known, a decision would be made on whether locomotives or tractors would be used to pull rail carts across.

"We will have to ascertain what sort of load limits the repaired bridge would have before we can make that type of decision.

"For cane lorries, the Fiji Roads Authority will construct a diversion further upriver at an area where access across the river once pre-existed.

"This should take up to two weeks to complete.

"I would like to assure all the growers affected that we will transport and process your cane."

About 50,000 tonnes of harvest-ready cane are in the affected area.

Meanwhile, market vendors from the interior of Ba said they had to carry produce across the damaged bridge when travelling to the Ba Municipal Market.

The women vendors hoped repairs to the bridge would be expedited.