131,537 Tonnes Of Cane Crushed

Mills expect robust cane supply this week The improving performance of the Lautoka, Rarawai and Labasa sugar mills has resulted in a total of 131,537 sugarcane crushed so far. FSC
21 Jun 2017 12:26
131,537 Tonnes Of Cane Crushed

Mills expect robust cane supply this week

The improving performance of the Lautoka, Rarawai and Labasa sugar mills has resulted in a total of 131,537 sugarcane crushed so far.

FSC chief operating officer, Navin Chandra said: “We are expecting more robust cane supply by end of this week.
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“The mills have settled well and with continuous cane supply there will be further improvements in sugar make.

“So far we have made less than 11,000 tonnes of sugar. We are seeing daily improvement in cane supply and with reduction in tonnes of cane to tonnes of sugar (TCTS), we are seeing sugar make improving,” he said.

Mr Chandra said the TCTS is 12.0 as at this week which is expected to further come down.

“Our target is to bring it down to 8.5 to maximise on our sugar make giving us the best TCTS over the past few years.

“It is common to have a bit higher TCTS at the beginning of the season and as cane supply and mill performance settles, we see a downward trend. FSC is committed to ensure the target of 8.5 TCTS is achieved for 2017 year,” he said.

Mr Chandra said: “As a result of cane supply mills experience minor problems due to start and stops of mills. We have seen though significant improvement in Mill performance especially in Rarawai and Labasa,” he said.

Mr Chandra said the feedback they received from lorry drivers delivering cane had been very encouraging because they had much quicker turnaround of trucks.

“Lautoka Mill initially and intermittently had some mechanical issues but this has been worked through as we monitor progress.

“Proactive measures have been taken to further avoid such incidents in near future,” he said.

Mr Chandra said investigations were still in progress but nothing conclusive had come out yet.

“FSC is engaging services of a consultant to assist review the damages caused to the Diffuser and other opportunists and this review will commence next week,” he said.


Memorandum of Gang agreements

Eighty per cent of sugarcane harvesting gangs in Rakiraki have confirmed their participation for this harvesting season.

The confirmation has come by way of the signed Memorandum of Gang Agreements (MOGA) that have been returned to the Sugar Industry Tribunal.

Mr Chandra said: “Lorries are carting cane directly from Rakiraki farms to Rarawai Mills.

“Quota is currently open to allow farmers to take full advantage of current weather.

“At the moment we have less than 50 per cent of the gangs operating in Rakiraki and 80 per cent of MOGA forms returns so we still have some way to go before we get full supply coming from Rakiraki,” he said.

Mr Chandra said they had been encouraging gangs to look for cutters and engage trucks so harvesting can commence to take advantage of good weather.

“FSC staff from Head Office has been deployed this week to go to Rakiraki to work on cane access roads as well.

“Mill performance has improved significantly. We are experiencing cane supply shortages therefore there is no need to divert lorries to Lautoka mill,” he said.

Mr Chandra said the feedback from Rarawai Lorry Association had been very complementary and they were ecstatic that Rarawai Mill was able to crush some cane from Lautoka.

“FSC will continue to monitor this situation and should the need arise we will divert cane but at the moment, we need to ensure the most cost effective measures are followed whilst ensuring that we still have quick turnaround of trucks.

“The operations in all three mills are normalising as the season progresses

Mr Chandra said the crushed cane crushed and cane quality were improving.

“The mills are expected to perform better if the cane supply improves especially in the nights and weekends.

“We urging farmers to take full advantage of mill performance and the current weather which is very favourable to cut and supply cane to the mills.

“It should also be noted that so far about 20 per cent of cane delivered has been mechanically harvested and we are expecting more Mechanical Harvesters to arrive from India by end of July,” he said.





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