AFTER selling a dozen mechanical harvesters in Fiji over the past five years, leading global agricultural machinery brand Case IH says the future of the sugar industry looks bright.
"Case IH has supplied 12 Austoft 4000 Series cane harvesters to Fiji over the past five years and these harvesters are performing exceedingly well," brand leader Asia-Pacific Matthieu Sejourne said.
"We are proud to continue our efforts to provide sustainable solutions to canefarmers and the sugar industry globally. Case IH is committed to developing exciting and unique solutions for cane farmers and co-operatives for the specific agro-climatic conditions of the region, and we are in collaboration with all stakeholders of the Fiji sugar industry to ensure the changing demands of the industry are not just met, but exceeded."
Mr Sejourne said with a 173 horsepower engine, the Austoft 4000 was a compact harvester designed to streamline the harvesting process in sugarcane fields that use reduced row spacing from 1.0 and 1.1 metres, as well as in sugarcane fields with wider row spacings up to 1.5 metres.
"By harvesting in all of these row spacings, the Austoft 4000 becomes a superb option for those cane growers who need or wish to start harvesting mechanically, or for larger plantation areas with short rows or low productivity soils."
He said Case IH celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.