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67k Tonnes Of Sugar Ready For Export

Over 67,000 tonnes of sugar is expected to be shipped out of Malau Port at Labasa now that the 2014 crushing season is over. Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul
06 Dec 2014 00:10
67k Tonnes Of Sugar Ready For Export
Fiji Sugar Industry

Over 67,000 tonnes of sugar is expected to be shipped out of Malau Port at Labasa now that the 2014 crushing season is over.

Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul Khan, said FSC expected six ships for this season’s total sugar to be shipped from all the mills.

“So far, three shipments have been sent and we expect three ships for this year’s sugar,” he said.

Mr Khan highlighted the FSC expected a better crop yield for the coming season.

“Through our present strategy of ‘continuous improvement’, we always aim for a better performance year-on-year for the performance of the mill,” he said.

New variety

Meanwhile, with the new sugarcane variety now being planted by farmers in the North, Mr Khan said they did not expect the exciting variety to stop.

Mr Khan said for the new variety, all planting  normally done during the various planting windows and subject to weather and climatic conditions.

“There will be a number of different variety sugarcane that will be processed at all our mills,” he said.

“The advantage of the new variety is that it is more resistant to some of the extremes of climatic conditions”.

More budget

Sugarcane farmers across the country will directly benefit from an increase in the 2015 National Budget allocated to the South Pacific Fertilisers Limited (SPFL).

SPFL general manager Ashween Ram said the $9.7 million allocated to the fertiliser body would ensure the sale of a bag of fertiliser would remain at $31.50 to all sugarcane farmers.

“The increase in budget means that we will be able to sell 600, 000 bags of 50 kilogrammes of fertilisers to our cane farmers or 30, 000 tonnes,” he said.

“Previously, we used to sell 354, 000 bags of fertilisers to farmers however, we were not able to get any surplus from sales and government subsidy.”

Mr Ram said the announcement of non-cane fertilisers for 2015, would also mean a slight increase in fertiliser supply to agriculture farmers.

“We have been supplying fertilisers to non – cane farmers as well and we feel that there is potential in this area of the agricultural sector which we plan to further explore,” he said.

Non-cane farmers will next year benefit from another $1 million worth of fertilisers for their crops.

 

 




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