SUNBIZ

Ba Cane Growers Urged To Utilise Extended Rarawai Mill Crushing

The Sugar Cane Growers Council is urging growers in Ba to make arrangements for cane delivery as the Rarawai Mill crushing date had been extended. Council chief executive, Sundresh Chetty,
13 Nov 2014 08:10
Ba Cane Growers Urged To Utilise Extended Rarawai Mill Crushing
Cane cutters in the West.

The Sugar Cane Growers Council is urging growers in Ba to make arrangements for cane delivery as the Rarawai Mill crushing date had been extended.

Council chief executive, Sundresh Chetty, said: “We are urging all the growers in the Ba belt area to liaise with their respective field officers to transport all harvestable standing cane to the Rarawai Mill.

“The Rarawai Mill is crushing at a slow pace due to some mechanical problems but assurance has been given by the Fiji Sugar Corporation to continue crushing.”

Mr Chetty said the mill is in a position to harvest all the standing harvestable cane in Ba, however, the termination dates for crushing has not be finalised.

It is believed that Rarawai Mill had developed some problems in the carrier chain over the past few weeks.

Efficiency noted

Meanwhile, Mr Chetty congratulated the Fiji Sugar Corporation for improved mill efficiency in the three mills which have already terminated crushing.

The Lautoka mill terminated crushing the past Saturday at 1am with improved crushing and sugar production figures.

Mr Chetty said: “Lautoka Mill crushed close to 520,000 tonnes of sugar cane producing more than 70,000 tonnes of raw sugar.

“This is a significant improvement since last year with a better sugar extraction rate and tonnes cane to tonnes sugar (TCTS) ratio standing at 8.1. They (Lautoka mill) have performed very well.”

He attributed the success of the season to all the stakeholders including the growers, cane cutters, lorry drivers, FSC, the Sugar Industry Tribunal, the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji, the council and the Government.

In the 2012, the TCTS stood at 9.0 which improved to 8.9 in 2013 but the current TCTS standing at 8.1 is slowly narrowing down to the world standard of 7.

Mr Chetty thanked the Bainimarama Government for the reforms which has turned our sugar industry into a gradually striving result orientated industry.

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