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Pine And Cane Fire A Worry

The Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Manasa Vaniqi, was yesterday briefed by the Commissioner Western, Luke Moroivalu, on cane and pine fires in the Westen Division. He said he was happy
20 Sep 2014 07:57
Pine And Cane Fire A Worry

The Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Manasa Vaniqi, was yesterday briefed by the Commissioner Western, Luke Moroivalu, on cane and pine fires in the Westen Division.

He said he was happy that people had listened to the advice given.

Mr Moroivalu had toured the sugarcane belt areas recently and told Mr Vaniqi that the sugarcane fires had dropped.

However, he said it was still a concern, especially with the dry weather presently affecting the divison.

Mr Vaniqi said however the current dry spell would help the level of sugar content in the harvested sugarcane.

He confirmed receiving a report from the Fiji Sugar Corporation that 42 to 44 per cent of sugarcane being crushed was burnt cane.

Now he said FSC had confirmed they had come down hard on those who continued to engage in burning cane.

Some he said were intentional and some were carried out through jealousy.

Another concern raised by Mr Moroivalu was the burning of pine plantations.

Mr Vaniqi has urged people in the West not to burn sugarcane and pine.

Meanwhile Mr Vaniqi said there was no stoppage in sugarcane crushing.

He said the FSC engineers had carried out maintenance work in all mills before the crushing season.

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