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Labasa Farmers Told To Be Persistent With Cane Supply

  The Cane Growers Council has called on Northern farmers to be persistent in sending their cane to the mill. The council’s chief executive offic­er Sundresh Chetty said it was
03 Jun 2017 11:00
Labasa Farmers Told To Be Persistent With Cane Supply
From left: The FSC Labasa Mill General Manager Karia Christopher, the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the FSC CEO Graham Clark at the official opening of the Labasa Mill for another crushing season. Photo: Josaia Ralago

 

The Cane Growers Council has called on Northern farmers to be persistent in sending their cane to the mill.

The council’s chief executive offic­er Sundresh Chetty said it was im­portant that the Labasa Mill never ran out of cane to crush.

“This is a plea from the council to farmers to keep sending their cane to the mill,” Mr Chetty said.

“Cane growers are urged to har­vest and transport their cane pro­duce now as the weather is favora­ble. We would not like to see that there is a shortage of supply to the mill.”

Mr Chetty said this was after they had been assured by the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Government that the mill operation would im­mensely improve this year.

“We have been given confirmation from the relevant stakeholders that there is going to be efficient opera­tion in the mill this crushing season and as farmers we should be ready to supply cane efficiently as well.”

The Fiji Sugar Corporation chief executive officer Graham Clark said he was pleased that there was a pro­jection of 800,000 tonnes of cane to be delivered to the mill which was a great improvement compared to last year.

Mr Clark said they expected an in­crease of this to one million tonnes next year.

“And thanks to the Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere and the people of this province, we expect this to go up to one million next year, that is a big improvement and 1.2 million the following year,” he said.

“The work that we will be carrying out in the factory in the next few years would increase our capacity so that our target would reach one and half million tonnes of cane for Labasa.”

There are about 3200 farmers with­in the 10 sectors in Macuata.

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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