Crushing deadline set

HARVESTING and crushing season will end this Sunday.

This was confirmed by Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa mill manager Christopher Karia, who said the closure date was this Sunday, November 6.

Mr Karia said if there were any changes then the public would be informed.

“We will inform the public and let them know if there are any changes made to the official closing date of harvesting and crushing season,” he said.

Mr Karia said this year’s crushing season was a successful one.

Two weeks ago, the Labasa mill reported to have crushed 582,000 tonnes of cane and produced 65, 400 tonnes of sugar.

He did not release the latest production figure for this season.

However, Mr Karia said, the shortage of cane supply was a challenge.

“We had a great season, but the only problem we faced was the lack of cane supplied by farmers throughout the season,” he said.

In an earlier interview, Mr Karia said they managed to improve the cane quality in the North within the past four years.

“We have been charting the amount of sugar levels of cane during the previous years and we can say that we have improved.”

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