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More Mechanisation For The Sugar Industry

More Mechanisation For  The Sugar Industry
Fiji Sugar Corporation chairman Vishnu Mohan (right) and chief executive officer Graham Clark (left) at press conference on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
June 01
11:34 2018

Last year, forty-three mechanical cane harvesters operated across the cane belt, harvesting 18 per cent of the crop. This crushing season, this number is expected to grow to six­ty. Six of these harvesters will be oper­ated by FSC. It is expected that 30 per cent of the crop will be mechanically harvested in 2019.

The intention is to ensure that har­vesters operate at optimum capacity, so that maximum cane can be harvested, resulting in a daily throughput in­crease, complemented with an increase in income for harvester operators.

FSC has so far taken delivery of three new harvesters and another three are in transit to Fiji, expected to arrive in July 2018.

FSC remains committed

FSC remains committed to increasing the number of harvesters in operation and will conduct a review on the cur­rent harvesting capacities to evaluate the timing of when more mechanical harvesters are required.

FSC will also engage private harvest­er contractors and encourage private owners and co-operatives to purchase harvesters, where the need exists.

As for haulage trucks for mechani­cally harvested cane, FSC is currently finalising designs with LTA, so that the trucks brought in, meet all LTA com­pliance requirements.

Once this is finalised and approved by LTA, FSC will then begin the ordering process.

FSC is also considering trucks with designs that maximise long haul cart­age whilst remaining within weight limit restrictions.

This will be an ongoing process to pro­vide transportation solutions for sugar cane in Fiji, going forward.

FSC has also recently acquired 20 mo­bile water tankers to assist with irriga­tion of newly planted cane.

These water tankers can hold up to 2500 litres of water and come equipped with water pumps.

They will operate with the FSC Ma­hindra tractors recently acquired and will service all mill areas.

Source: Fiji Sugar Corporation

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