Sugar industry: $7m spent on Labasa mill
20 June, 2018, 3:00 am
KNOWN as the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Ltd top mill in the country, more than $7 million has been spent on capital projects implemented in the Labasa mill this year.
FSC’s chief operating officer Navin Chandra said it was very important that they continually invested in their mills because they wanted the mills to improve their performance.
Mr Chandra said considering that the mill structures were very old, they needed constant repair and maintenance works which were to be carried out strategically.
“We have a new generator implemented in the mill so when there is a problem, we have a standby power source,” he said.
“This year we also implemented a new shredder motor in place at the mill which was an issue last year where we had to bypass the old shredder motor.
Mr Chandra said they had identified the need to focus on cane development this year because they did not have the raw material.
“This would contribute to the mills’ poor contribution and income will diminish and when we say income, it means money for growers and FSC,” he said.
“So to enable cane development, we need to look into various strategies and one issue we found is that land was not prepared properly in the past but this will now be addressed as growers have access to machines.”
“We are investing on water tanks and the reason for this is when we have droughts, we cannot do anything because the weather is dry, but if you are solution driven, you know how to find solutions, you will look at interventions like putting an irrigation system in place and this is just the beginning.”