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North Targets 1m Tonnes Of Sugar

The Northern division is looking targeting one million tonnes of sugar to harvest this season. The comments were made by Fiji Sugar Corporation chief Vilikesa Vatubuli during the Northern Division
08 Mar 2015 09:51
North Targets 1m Tonnes Of Sugar
Vilikesa Vatubuli.

The Northern division is looking targeting one million tonnes of sugar to harvest this season.

The comments were made by Fiji Sugar Corporation chief Vilikesa Vatubuli during the Northern Division heads of Government department meeting.

It was held at the Commissioner Northern’s conference room last Friday.

Mr Vatubuli said: “At the moment the price of sugar is not very healthy, it’s down by $730 per tonne of sugar. This is a challenge for the sugar industry to try and improve.

“As for the North we are targeting one million tonnes for the year 2015.

“Thee area of harvest is 13498.8 hectares total tonnes of 575,000 with 42.6 tonnes of canes per hectare.

“We need to improve this by increasing the yield looking at the existing areas.

“Government was the driving force behind the Near Infra Red spectrum or the cane quality payment system.

“We hope to improve from where we had seen failures to try and get back to try and run on the cane quality payment system.

“As we prepare to compete in the world market instead of weight of cane, we need to pay on the sugar content in the cane,” he said.

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