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Cane Quality Payment System To Be Brought In Next Season

Cane farmers, from next cane processing season, will reap the true benefits of their hard work through the near-infra-red cane quality payment system. The system was switched online in June
07 Oct 2014 10:22
Cane Quality Payment System To Be Brought In Next Season
From left: The late Patterson Shipping Director Trevor Patterson, Prominent Suva lawyer Graham Leung and Patterson Shipping Director George Patterson. Source: Graham Leung FB Page.

Cane farmers, from next cane processing season, will reap the true benefits of their hard work through the near-infra-red cane quality payment system.

The system was switched online in June this year and is currently on trial for this season to identify issues before the green light is given for commencement next year.

The Sugar Industry Tribunal Commissioner Tim Brown says the system will ensure farmers are given a fair compensation on the quality of cane produced.

Mr Brown said if two farmers harvest the same tonnage of cane from their farms, but one produces more sugar than the other, then it would not be fair to pay them equally.

“Currently the system is online to identify system related issues before the system is implemented in the next season,” Mr Brown said.

An electronic reader at the mill will assign the cane lorry or the rail cart an identification number after it has verified the farm, cane lorry and the rail cart details.

The near-infra-red system then measures the cane quality after processing and sends the information back to the control room.

“We have been hosting awareness of the system with farmers, showing them the benefits,” he said.

Penang Mill termination

Meanwhile, Mr Brown confirmed that the Penang Mill in Rakiraki is scheduled to terminate crushing this Thursday.

However, he said some farmers are asking for an extension.

“We will have a meeting with the farmers to hear their issues,” he said.

But, Mr Brown said the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Sugar Cane Growers Council have agreed to terminate crushing at Penang Mill on October 9 and October 12 for Labasa Mill.

The Rarawai Mill in Ba and the Lautoka Mill dates will be announced after the FSC after the council’s assessment on the amount of standing cane left for harvesting.

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