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Penang Mill falls 10,000 tonnes short of target

the predominant dry spell in the West was attributed as the main factor for the Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki falling short of meeting its processing target. Cane processing at
22 Oct 2015 12:24

the predominant dry spell in the West was attributed as the main factor for the Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki falling short of meeting its processing target.

Cane processing at the Penang Sugar Mill terminated around midnight on Monday having processed a total of 169,526 tonnes of cane.

Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive Sundresh Chetty said after the termination of processing, it was discovered this year’s crop record stood 10,000 less in comparison to the past year which was around 180,000 tonnes.

He said the obvious reason for the drop in crop for this year was the prolonged drought season.

“The dry spell is mainly predominant in the Nanuku and Malau sectors where the crops have been affected by the drought,” he said.

“But overall, it was a good crush and good sugar make for the industry. We do not anticipate much stand over cane.

“Our field staff members and the FSC field staff members are now in the fields and they are trying to look at what is left which will be revealed to us very shortly.”

Mr Chetty said the extension in the crushing date had proven successful.

“We extended the crush by a day from Sunday to Monday due to adverse weather and   it helped in bringing about 1000 tonnes more cane to the mill,” he said.

 

Concern for farmers

Meanwhile, Mr Chetty said the El-Niño was a concern for the farmers as they had not been able to plant new crops.

“The drought is taking its toll on the ration crops.

“We are trying to assist whichever way possible but we can’t do much as it is Mother Nature’s call,” he said.

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