July crushing date set for Rarawai mill

Sugar cane trucks wait for their turn to unload at the Rarawai Mill in Ba. Picture: FILE/REINAL CHAND

GOOD news for cane farmers along the Rakiraki and Rarawai corridor as the mill in Rarawai is set to begin crushing on July 9.

This means they will no longer transport sugarcane for crushing to the Lautoka mill.

In a Government statement, FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said the mill in Ba was the last of the country’s three sugar mills to commence crushing because it had undergone major refurbishments and needed time for contractors to complete their work.

“Rarawai is scheduled for livesteam trials for the new boiler on July 3,” Mr Clark said.

He said the contracted engineering company was working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that refurbishments to the boiler were completed before testing early next month.

“To achieve this, all upgrades to the boiler and auxiliary equipment will be completed by end of this month.”

The appointed contractors have been working full time to ensure the mill’s boiler is completed and ready for testing.

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