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Supply Of Burnt Sugar

Supply Of Burnt Sugar
Fiji Sugar Corporation chairman Abdul Khan.
October 06
09:33 2015

Fiji Sugar Corporation is concerned over farmers supplying burnt canes to the mill.

Chairman Abdul Khan explained they have always received reports about sugarcane lorry drivers delivering tonnes of burnt canes to the mill.

He said they have continually requested farmers in Fiji to refrain from burning cane.

“Unfortunately, we still receive a large percentage of burnt canes to our mills,” Mr Khan revealed.

He said burnt cane supplied to the mill decreases the quantity and quality of sugar.

“Firstly, the content of sugar decreases if the burnt cane is not delivered to the mill early.

“Secondly, when burnt cane is being processed for sugar extraction, it is more difficult and costly,” he explained.

Furthermore, he said burnt cane supplied affected the processing procedure at the mill and at times means adding more chemical and effort to extract sugar.

Fiji Sun questioned if action can be taken on farmers from supplying burnt canes to the mill.

He said under the present Master Award, the farmers will be paid less for sending burnt cane.

“However, in my opinion we need to look further at this to see if there is a better way of stopping farmers burning cane,” he added.


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