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Two Mills Aims To Crush Standing Cane

  Close to 115,000 tonnes of sugar cane remain in the fields throughout the western division but both the Lautoka and Rarawai Mills are hoping that all this would be
15 Nov 2016 11:00
Two Mills Aims To Crush Standing Cane
Lautoka Mill General Manager Viliame Savou

 

Close to 115,000 tonnes of sugar cane remain in the fields throughout the western division but both the Lautoka and Rarawai Mills are hoping that all this would be crushed by the season end.

For the Rarawai Mill, the standing cane left amounts to around 32,000 tonnes and this includes Ba and the Penang Mill catchment area in Rakiraki.

The Penang Mill was badly damaged by Cyclone Winston and all sugar cane had to be transported to Rarawai Mill for processing.

The Government have been paying farmers and lorry operators for the transportation of cane to Rarawai Mill.

The Mill’s General Manager, Taito Kafoa said a total of 293,634 tonnes had been crushed by yesterday (Mon) morning since operations began and 23,223 tonnes of sugar produced.

The Rarawai Mill’s TCTS (tonne of cane for a tonne of sugar) was around 12.6 which was high than the Lautoka Mill’s rate of 9.7.

“We hope to be able to crush all standing cane before the mill closes,” Mr Kafoa said.

He said the mill had already made its submission to the Sugar Industry Tribunal, Timothy Brown on the proposed end of crush.

Meanwhile Lautoka Mill General Manager Viliame Savou said over 312,000 tonnes had been crushed by yesterday (Monday) morning.

“With the cane crushed the mill has produced over 32,000 tonnes of sugar,” Mr Savou said.

For the Lautoka catchment, there was around 83,000 tonnes left in the fields.

“We are hopeful we can get all this cane to the mill but it depends on the weather and also the co-operation of the farmers to see that it is harvested quickly,” Mr Savou said.

“This year the sugar cane crop size is small which was due to TC Winston and that is why we hope all the cane left in the fields could reach us before the end of crush.”

Last week a shipment of 32,000 tonnes was taken to Tate and Lyle in London.

Meanwhile, Mr Brown said no date has yet been set for the end of crush for Lautoka and Rarawai Mills.

“We will be having a meeting today and should decide on the closing of crush for the season,” Mr Brown said.

EDITED BY: KATHRIN KRISHNA

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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