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Criticisms Don’t Matter, Let The Crushing Figures Tell The Story

While they are meant to keep things in check many critics, including a good number in Fiji, mainly open their mouths just for the sake of doing it and most times do not have any understanding of the current situation.
09 Jul 2019 16:37
Criticisms Don’t Matter, Let The Crushing Figures Tell The Story

Editorial:

Constructive criticisms are a healthy necessity to everything that happens around us – from the running of the Government to a sporting event and even down to how one dresses.

While they are meant to keep things in check many critics, including a good number in Fiji, mainly open their mouths just for the sake of doing it and most times do not have any understanding of the current situation.

Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia describes characteristics of good critics as articulate, preferably having the ability to use language with a high level of appeal and skill.

They are expected to have done their homework before venting their criticisms at a person or organisation.

Recent criticisms of the beginning of the new crushing season at the Lautoka and Labasa Mills by a political party shows clearly the criticisms were made with no knowledge of crushing figures.

Year after year, and with any factory which operates in a fashion similar to our sugar mills, teething problems surface as the machines try to gel with each other.

Once that happens, operations smoothen out and the task of making sugar is on track.

For a long time now, with just weeks into crushing at Lautoka and Labasa, the TCTS (tonne of cane per tonne of sugar) is down to 9.9.

What that means is that the lower the figure the better it is because the mills then crush less sugar cane to produce a tonne of sugar.

In the long run, until the end of the crushing season, if low levels are sustained then the company makes money and this in turn puts more money into the pockets of the cane farmers, their labourers and all those directly and indirectly involved in the industry.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has spent millions of dollars in the upgrade of the three mills, including a new boiler for the Rarawai Mill.

This had to be done considering the age of the mills and the machinery that has worked tirelessly over a long time.

The fruits of the investments in the upgrade are now paying dividends with great crushing figures at Labasa and Lautoka.

Rarawai Mill begins today and with the new boiler there is hope for some good crushing figures.

Never before has the sugar industry been assisted by Government like now.

However, some critics have never stopped ranting even if the industry is showing a rise from the mess and the doomsday scenarios predicted by these people.

Their criticisms are baseless, hold no water and probably provide critics and their party officials (not their members) with some satisfaction.

Why don’t we wait until the last stick of cane is crushed and look at the figures?

To its credit the FSC has not responded to political attacks on the corporation or the mills because, in reality, most of them are totally baseless.

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