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Sugarcane Harvest Picks Up

Sugarcane Harvest Picks Up
Canefarmers . Photo: FIJI SUN
June 17
11:00 2017

 

Two sugar mills have had to suspend crushing on Thursday as supplies continue to come in at a slow rate.

Fiji Sugar Corporation Chief Operating Officer Navin Chandra said despite this, they had seen an increase in harvesting since the mills began two weeks ago.

As of 8am yesterday (FRI), the three mills crushed over 80,000 tonnes of sugar cane, with Labasa leading the way with over 48,000 tonnes, Rarawai, more than 26,000 tonnes and Lautoka just over 15,000 tonnes.

Total sugar produced so far by the three mills as at the same time was 6608 tonnes with Labasa producing 4135 tonnes, Rarawai 1743 tonnes and Lautoka 730 tonnes.

Mr Chandra said the present TCTS (tonne of cane per tonne of sugar) was 13, which was an improving rate from 16 when crushing began.

Mr Chandra has attributed this intermittent supplies which had caused the mills to have a stop-start operation.

In the past 24 hours till 8am yesterday, Labasa Mil had crushed 5605 tonnes, Rarawai 4845 tonnes and Lautoka 3193 tonnes.

“Cane supply is improving significantly, especially in Labasa,” Mr Chandra said.

Lautoka Mill had to suspend crushing at around 3.30am yesterday as there was no cane available.

This cane after the mill re-started operations on Thursday morning following repairs to the diffuser scraper drum that was damaged by a tyre which was found there.

The Company is still conducting an investigation into this to determine how the tyre ended up there.

Rarawai crushing was halted because of supplies on Wednesday night but resumed at 8.50 am on Thursday morning only to be halted again yesterday (FRI) morning at 5.20am.

Mr Chandra said crushing was expected to resume at 10 am yesterday.

FSC had targeted to crush 13,000 between the three mills from yesterday till 8am this morning (SAT).

“Cane supply is improving and the mills are beginning to run smoothly,” Mr Chandra said.

FSC has urged all harvesting gangs to continue the good work and increase the cane supplies to the mills.

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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