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Penang Mill Targets 195,000 tonnes Cane Crush

As cane processing at the Penang Mill in Rakiraki began yesterday, the target this year is to process at least 195,000 tonnes of cane. Mill general manager, Taito Kafoa, said
01 Jul 2015 09:31
Penang Mill Targets 195,000 tonnes Cane Crush
Penang Mill general manager, Taito Kafoa (left), with staff members of the mill. This was as the cane processing began at the Penang Mill in Rakiraki yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

As cane processing at the Penang Mill in Rakiraki began yesterday, the target this year is to process at least 195,000 tonnes of cane.

Mill general manager, Taito Kafoa, said their objective this season was to surpass previous season’s 171,000 tonnes.

Mr Kafoa said there was expectation for a lot of improvement this time around.

“The drier weather experienced in the greater Ra province should ensure there is more sugar content production,” he said.

But he stressed it was important to note that sugar is made in the field and not in the mill.

“Actually in the mill, we just extract sugar out of the cane. But the main process is the farmers who have to make sure they put the fertiliser and husbandry at the right time,” he said.

“If it rains a lot, it affects the sugar production as well.”

Mr Kafoa said the Penang Mill also used to get cane from Tavua in the past.

But, he said that would depend on whether the Rarawai Mill is able to process the cane fast enough or not.

“We have been assisting them for past three years, but that will be Rarawai’s call if they need our assistance,” he said.

 

Syrup Mill

Meanwhile, there are plans to set up a syrup mill this year which will be completed by 2017.

Mr Kafoa said: “This is so that the new syrup mill takes over the old Penang Mill, which is to prepare us for the varying sugar price.

“Once we have that new syrup mill in, syrup will be carted to Rarawai Mill to process into sugar and molasses.”

 

Avoid mill breakdown

To mitigate disruptions caused in the event of a mill breakdown, Mr Kafoa urged all farmers and lorry drivers to work closely with the field officers.

“Sometimes we have communication breakdown because of the locality where they stay,” he said.

“But if there’s good communication between the gang, field officers and the mill, we should not have any problems.”

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