Crushing suspended due to low cane supply

Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Lautoka Mill Chief Engineer Seru Nevote oversees the operations at the sugar cane dumping area. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

LOW cane supply resulted in the Fiji Sugar Corporation temporarily suspending crushing at the Lautoka mill today – the second day of crushing this season.

“We have about 30 trucks in the yard and some more cane via rail, however, the mill needs at least 1000 tonnes to crush steadily throughout the weekend,” said FSC in response to queries from this newspaper.

“Having said that, cane supply is starting to improve steadily and we expect to have a consistent supply of cane from Monday.

“During this time, we took the opportunity to check and make adjustments to the diffuser whilst awaiting the build-up of cane supply.

“Subject to cane supply we hope to start up this evening.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimrama opened crushing at the mill yesterday.

He said Government had made steady investments in the Lautoka factory over the years and had high expectations for its performance until end of crush in November.

Last year $16million was used in repairs and upgrades and this year $650,000 was spent on upgrading the diffuser – a key component in juice extraction – alone.

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