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Rarawai Geared To Crush

Rarawai Geared To Crush
Cane crushing process starts off at the Rarawai Mill in Ba as the first cane is tipped yesterday. Photo: Sheetal Prasad
June 24
10:15 2015

After numerous disruptions during the last crushing season, the Rarawai Mill management in Ba are better prepared this time around.

Mill General Manager Sailasa Waitawa said they have bought some new machinery parts from Australia.

The mill is also encouraging the use of mechanical harvesters of the cane.

Mr Waitawa said the mill is expected to run well.

The mill is expecting a good crushing season this year, with a target of 600,000 tonnes canes.

Mr Waitawa said: “Today is a very joyous occasion for all the people of Ba as the Rarawai mill has finally kicked off its 2015 season.

“We are expecting a good supply of cane; we thank God for the weather, for the lives of our cane growers and cane cutters, their families and also the mill employees who have worked very hard.”

The mill’s first tipping of the cane was handled by a group of recently retired staff of the mill along with their General Manager.

“We usually do this every year, we try to give back to our employees who have sacrificed so much for the many years they have worked in the mill,” he said.

“Some of them have spent more than 30 years; their children are also here so it is a happy day for them and for us.”

Mr Waitawa said last year the Rarawai Mill handled close to 600,000 tonnes, but had around 40,000 was crushed at other mills because of problems faced at the feeding station.

“We are hoping to produce 8.5 Tonnes Cane per Tonne Sugar (TCTS) which is sort of our bench mark for all our sugar mills at the moment,” Mr Waitawa said.

“We have three machines (mechanical harvesters) running in Ba at the moment so we encourage more growers to form corporative to buy this machine.

“The Fiji Sugar Mill is a win-win situation for everyone and the industry is looking at just improving its finances and cane supply to the mill,” he said.



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