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Clark: Plant More Cane

Fiji Sugar Corporation CEO Graham Clark urged farmers to aim planting between 70 tonnes to 80 tonnes of sugarcane per hectare. Mr Clark was addressing some sugarcane farmers in Drasa,
07 Apr 2017 10:31
Clark: Plant More Cane
Sugarcane farmers at the field in Drasa, Lautoka, on April 6, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

Fiji Sugar Corporation CEO Graham Clark urged farmers to aim planting between 70 tonnes to 80 tonnes of sugarcane per hectare.

Mr Clark was addressing some sugarcane farmers in Drasa, Lautoka, yesterday.

The farmers had gathered to see new techniques and understanding the work of Fiji Sugar Corporation.

“Now getting there is not easy and we understand the difficulties that farmers are going through but we need to recognise the amount of support that we are now getting for the industry,” Mr Clark said.

“Mechanisation is the way for the future and it is the way we can change.

“I would encourage you all to take more advantages of the services that are offered as I believe we have world class services by our research team and they can make a difference.

“So where are we?

“I guess that is the question on everybody’s mind and I think it’s fair to say that this large level of expectation now upon the industry and the key players in the industry are you farmers.

“Unfortunately we have seen cane yield declining over recent years.

“We have had some badluck with the weather. TC Winston did not help.

“None of us are proud to have an industry cane yield over 40 tonnes a hectare. That’s nothing to be proud of and I certainly did not meet anybody who I think is happy to accept 40 tonnes a hectare.

“We should be aiming more towards 70 tonnes or 80 tonnes a hectare and I certainly believe when I look at a farm like this, we should be able to get that.

“We have a very fortunate situation in our Government is supporting us and we have a number of initiatives that you all need to understand and take full advantage of.

“So I would encourage you all to take advantage of new varieties and to spread new variety mix and try and achieve the best.”

EDITED BY: RANOBA BAOA

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