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Labasa Mill Fires Up Boiler

The 2015 cane crushing season set off to a good start with the lighting of the boiler system at the Labasa Sugar Mill on Friday. Ratu Savenaca Ritova, who represented
31 May 2015 11:37
Labasa Mill Fires Up Boiler
Ratu Savenaca Ritova lighting the boiler at FSC’s Labasa Sugar Mill on Friday. Photo: Peni Drauna

The 2015 cane crushing season set off to a good start with the lighting of the boiler system at the Labasa Sugar Mill on Friday.

Ratu Savenaca Ritova, who represented the Tui Labasa chiefly family, officiated at the event.

Mr Ritova, who owns a number of cane farms in Labasa himself, stressed the importance of co-operation within the sugar industry.

“It’s of paramount importance that all stakeholders work together and move the industry to greater heights,” Mr Ritova said.

“The Labasa Mill and its industry partners should not take things lightly; rather make it everyone’s business to make maximum returns from their hard work.”

He said whether they were farmers, millers, cane cutters or lorry drivers, they must work together to move the industry forward.

“We have seen the hardships of farmers and now with the reforms put in place in recent years under our current Government, we can see it come to fruition,” he said.

Labasa Mill chief engineer Tevita Ravulo said they looked forward to a new and better crushing season.

“The mill now has a new co-generation system which will be operational soon and this will expand our revenue base and sustain the industry’s operation and cane price in many years to come,” he said.

Mr Ravulo said the huge supply of bagasse from the mill would rake in more money once it was converted into biofuel.

“The biofuel will run the mill and and any excess power generated will be sold to the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) for public use.

Feedback:  peni.drauna@fijisun.com.fj

 



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