FSC pushes back termination of crush

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has pushed back termination of crush dates for the 2018 season to December largely because of cane supply issues brought about by inclement weather. Picture: FT FILE

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has pushed back termination of crush dates for the 2018 season to December largely because of cane supply issues brought about by inclement weather.

Tentative end of crush dates had been set for November end but this has now been moved to December 6 for Labasa and December 13 for Lautoka and Rarawai.

However, the dates are not set in stone and will be reviewed as the season progresses.

“We may extend, however, FSC does not make the decision on its own.

“Rather the Sugar Industry Tribunal (SIT) arrives at a decision after a consultative process with all industry stakeholders,” said FSC in response to queries from this newspaper.

In a press statement issued on Thursday, the miller said it had crushed about 1.2 million tonnes out of the projected 1.7m tonnes of cane — completing 70 per cent of the total harvestable crop.

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