Action plan for Sugar mill project
By MAIKA BOLATIKI
An agreement has been reached between the governments of Fiji and India to put together an action plan on the sugar mill upgrade project.
This was confirmed by Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) executive chairman Abdul Khan.
“We have agreed to put in place an action plan on the sugar mill upgrade plan,” Mr Khan said.
In the 2011 FSC annual report, Mr Khan said the mill upgrade programme had been completed with almost all remedial and residual works completed.
Specialists were brought in to audit the factory operations and performance and to come up with recommendations on areas to improve on.
Bottleneck areas have been identified and rectified.
He said emphasis was placed on addressing poor factory uptime recoveries.
Assistance had also been provided by Tate and Lyle in the form of experienced and specialised engineering support personnel to help and resolve identified issues during the maintenance season.
Mr Khan said it would be expensive to bring in specialists to oversee the mill upgrade programme and that the action plan would be the answer.
Commenting on the International Sugar Organisation meeting in New Delhi, he said it was very beneficial to the FSC and the sugar industry as a whole.
The ISO meeting in India gave the opportunity to the Fiji delegation to interact with the 88 countries with interests in the sugar sector.
He said they were in India, a leading country in the sugar sector having the production company of 350 million tons of sugarcane and about 25 million tons of sugar. It is the second-largest producer of sugar in the world after Brazil and the biggest consumer of sugar.
Mr Khan said the Fiji delegation was proud that Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was invited by the top three men in the Indian Government, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh,
the Minister of Finance, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Minister for Agriculture & Co-operation and Food Processing Industry, Shri Sharad Pawar.