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Lautoka Mill Extends Crushing To Saturday

The mill was to have ended the crushing season today (Thursday), but the extension was approved following requests from farmers for more for harvesting.
12 Dec 2019 17:34
Lautoka Mill Extends Crushing To Saturday
Lautoka Sugar Mill stoppage on June 11, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

The crushing season for the Lautoka Mill has been extended to Saturday.

This was confirmed yesterday by Fiji Sugar Corporation’s chief executive officer Graham Clark.

The mill was to have ended the crushing season today (Thursday), but the extension was approved following requests from farmers for more for harvesting.

“We also did a review of cane left standing in the fields and this was part of the decision to extend,” Mr Clark said.

“Presently there are less than 10,000 tonnes of cane left in the fields, so we hope to have most of that harvested before the end of crush on Saturday.”

The 2019 season will end with an expected 1.80 million tonnes of cane crushed, compared to 1.69 million tonnes crushed in 2018.

Mr Clark had earlier said this was some 105,000 tonnes or six per cent higher due to higher crush rates and less factory stoppages.

Rarawai Mill ended its crushing season on the weekend with around 486,000 tonnes of cane crushed while the Labasa Mill finished with 661,000 tonnes.

Sugar production will reflect a similar increased trend with production of 168,000 tonnes expected, compared to 160,000 tonnes in 2018.

As of December 5, 2019, Lautoka Mill had some 25,000 tonnes of cane remaining to be harvested and crushed.

Lautoka should finish the season with around 656,000 tonnes of cane crushed compared to 610,573 tonnes crushed last season.

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