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Sugar: Labasa Mill Last To Close

Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa mill will be the last mill in Fiji to close, mid next month, for this year crushing season. This was confirmed by FSC chief operating officer
25 Oct 2017 13:02
Sugar: Labasa Mill Last To Close

Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa mill will be the last mill in Fiji to close, mid next month, for this year crushing season.

This was confirmed by FSC chief operating officer Navin Chandra during his recent visit to Seaqaqa, Wainikoro, Daku and the Labasa mill.

Mr Chandra said about 40 per cent of their total crop comes from Labasa area.

“Labasa mill plays a significant part and as we all know lot of people unlike other divisions depend heavily on sugar industry,” Mr Chandra said.

“The growers in Labasa supply lots of variety of cane also.

“Labasa mill so far is doing well.”

He added during his visit he had discussion with growers and field officers listening to their concern and plights.

“Firstly, the ongoing labour shortage.

“Growers still struggle to get labourers to harvest their cane.

“Secondly, the dry weather condition which we expect will finish by end of this month.”

FSC is looking into ways to solve labour shortage problem.

“We have noted that about 20 per cent of our crops have been harvested by harvesters which have been of great help.

“Many growers have prepared their land for planting which is a positive sign.

“They will not plant cane now because it will not germinate.”

Mr Chandra said they hoping to start planting by the end of the month.

“Meeting farmers and field officers face-to-face is something that I will continue to do,” he said.

“When you put your strategies, you need to review and revise your strategies based on feedback. The best way to get feedback is from ground level.

“This is what I had been doing going to the people to get feedback and see how much we can improve.

“The number of complaints that we have received have decreased compared to last year.

“Once you give an outlet to the growers to talk and able to genuine, provide support and show them the positiveness, people will open up.”

Mr Chandra concluded that there has been a lot of positive responses which was a good sign.

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