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Sugar Mills Record Improved Performances

Fiji’s three sugar mills continued to churn out good crushing figures as the operations continue through mid-season. Labasa mill, has over the last 14 days, turned in its strongest performance
01 Sep 2018 11:22
Sugar Mills Record  Improved Performances
Renowned businessman and former politician Sir James Ah Koy and New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s Residence on February 16, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Fiji’s three sugar mills continued to churn out good crushing figures as the operations continue through mid-season.

Labasa mill, has over the last 14 days, turned in its strongest performance this season, registering the largest improvement amongst the three sugar mills.

Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) chief executive officer Graham Clark said for the period from August 22 to 28, 2018, Labasa mill crushed an average of 4,588 tonnes of cane a day.

This was a significant 15 per cent improvement compared to the seven days prior.

“A daily average of 359 cane lorries and 322 rail carts were unloaded for the same period in Labasa, which translated to a 15 per cent and 29 per cent increase respectively, compared to the previous seven-day period,” Mr Clark said.

Labasa Mill

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The improvements in the Labasa Mill have been attributed to the mill management paying greater attention to crucial components of the sugar milling process.

“This greater focus has enhanced its monitoring of key areas,” he said.

“We are pleased with Labasa’s continuing improvement but the mill is still capable of better and we look forward to further improvement.”

Rarawai Mill

Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Mill

Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Mill

“Rarawai Mill in Ba, consistently crushed over three thousand tonnes of cane per day over the last 14 days.

“For the period August 15 to 21, the mill crushed a daily average of 3140 tonnes of cane which improved by 19 per cent for the next seven day period from 22nd to 28th August to 3736 tonnes of cane per day.”

Mr Clark said cane transported via rail improved by three per cent from the previous seven day period.

“Cane transported by cane lorries increased by 22 per cent for the week ending August 28.

“We have commissioned two new pans at Rarawai and these are working well.

“Although the mill is still performing below its capacity, the week by week improvement is encouraging.”

Lautoka Mill

Fiji Sugar Corporation Lautoka Mill

Fiji Sugar Corporation Lautoka Mill

Lautoka Mill has continued with its strong performance.

The mill has consistently been outperforming last year’s results.

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