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Cane Growers Anticipate Drop In Sugar Production

Cane Growers Anticipate Drop In Sugar Production
April 29
11:42 2016

The Fiji Sugar Cane Growers Council is expecting around 1.2 to 1.4 million tonnes of sugar to be produced this year compared to 1.84 million from the past season.

Council chief executive, Sundresh Chetty, said the drop expected would be a result of the damage sustained by farms post Cyclone Winston.

He also said the industry is expecting a delayed start to the cane processing season in the Western Division however the Labasa Mill will continue as normal.

“For the West, we normally have the crushing seasons somewhere around mid-June but this year it might get delayed till early August,” Mr Chetty said.

“The crushing season will depend on the readiness of the mills and the crop, and at this stage, it can be said the cane is not ready for harvesting.”

Mr Chetty has also urged farmers to clear the debris left behind by the cyclone and flash flooding.

“Debris and unwanted materials like blown away timber, tins and other things should be cleared away from the farms to avoid labour costs,” he said.

“Drains should also be cleaned so the fields do not get flooded when it rains heavily.”

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