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Lautoka Sugar Mill To Crush More Cane

Lautoka Sugar Mill To Crush More Cane
Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy (top left in white shirt) tips the first rail truck of cane at the Lautoka mill on July 3 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
July 04
13:00 2018

The Lautoka sugar mill is expected to crush six per cent more cane than it did last year and with an expected rate of 8.5 per cent for every tonne of cane per tonne of sugar (TCTS).

Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy while officiating at the start of crushing yesterday said they expected the mill to crush 485,000 tonnes of cane this year.

“I must stress that the sugar industry is here to stay, and it continues to be the Government’s vision to revitalise the industry despite the many challenges which had been faced,” Mr Reddy said.

He said the Government’s budget allocation of $62.3 million for the sugar industry was to directly assist farmers by reducing their costs of production and increasing productivity.

These initiatives included planting, harvesting and transportation of cane to the mills.

“In response to the ageing farmer population, a Farmers Assistance programme has been set up to attract new farmers to enter our sugar cane industry.”

“An innovation this year will be to launch a trial into mechanical harvesting in hilly areas, using specially adapted tractor harvesters for these conditions.”

Mechanical harvesters have increased by 40 per cent as compared to last year and new farming equipment have been brought in to assist the farmers by FSC.

charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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