Record sugar crush

Rakiraki truck driver Muni Chand waits patiently for the Lautoka Sugar Mill to start crushing. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

FIJI Sugar Corporation Lautoka Mill crushed 5377 tonnes of sugar cane in 24 hours.

According to the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC), this was a season high for the mill which had been experiencing unscheduled shutdowns since it opened for crushing earlier this month.

FSC stated that 5377 tonnes of cane was crushed in 24 hours until 8am yesterday with a total of 417 lorries off-loaded with sugar cane.

“This result increases the average crush at the Lautoka mill over the last five days of crushing to 4000 tonnes of cane per day in line with season to date targets,” FSC said in a statement.

“This improved performance follows efforts by FSC engineers and Lautoka mill staff to increase factory throughput and performance during the past week.”

FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said the uplift was also possible through the continued efforts of canefarmers, canecutters and harvester operators, as well as lorry drivers to ensure that cane delivered were maximised.

“The Lautoka mill operators have also been instrumental in this achievement. It has been a collective effort and they are all highly appreciated,” he said.

According to FSC, cane deliveries on Sundays have reduced and it was anticipated that 3000 tonnes of cane would be available for crushing.

“Once this cane is crushed, the factory will implement a scheduled maintenance and cleaning shutdown with a view to re-commencing crushing on Monday, July 16, as cane deliveries become available in suitable volumes.

“Stakeholders are working together to achieve the best outcome possible and the results so far are encouraging,” the statement said.

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