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Locomotives Encouraged By Cane Gang Leader

The use of locomotives for cane delivery to the mills is efficient, says Vitogo Cane Farmer Cooperative Gang 45 leader, Naleen Maan. Mr Maan said the farmers are able to
16 Jul 2021 11:45
Locomotives Encouraged By Cane Gang Leader
Locomotive delivering cane to the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Lautoka Mill on July 15, 2021. Photo: Shreya Kumar

The use of locomotives for cane delivery to the mills is efficient, says Vitogo Cane Farmer Cooperative Gang 45 leader, Naleen Maan.

Mr Maan said the farmers are able to save more money compared to what they would be spending by delivering their cane on lorries to the mills.

“We are able to fill around 20 to 30 caged bins in the locomotives daily,” he said.

He said the gang used a mechanical harvester for harvesting of cane, which was then transported to the main road.

“We transport the harvested cane in the tractor to the Vitogo junction, and it is picked by the locomotives from there.”

He said the use of locomotives also decreases traffic created otherwise by lorries.

“It is more cost effective, time effective, and prevents traffic congestion. I encourage flatland farmers to utilise these locomotives.”

He said using lorries on the farm to load harvest led to soil compaction.

“Soil compaction wouldn’t result in a good yield, so the use of tractors instead is encouraged.

“Farmers should use locomotives so they are able to avoid the use of lorries on their farms.” Mr Maan said his gang was hopeful to harvest 6000 tonnes of cane this crushing season.

The Lautoka Mill resumed operations yesterday, after a recent mechanical breakdown that caused delays in cane crushing.

It is understood a text message was sent to cane gang leaders earlier yesterday informing that: “Lautoka Mill is schedule to resume crush at around 12 midday today (July 15) and drivers whose lorries are in the mill to come by 12 midday.” Meanwhile, Rarawai Mill will officially open for crushing today.

 

Vaccination
Sugar Cane Growers Council is urging cane farmers to take vaccination at their earliest.

Council chief executive Vimal Sachin Dutt said: “Whilst cane harvesting is in progress there are movement of people which warrants immediate vaccination.

“Although we all are very occupied with harvesting activities, health is critically important and protect each other from this Covid pandemic.

“Collectively we would be protect ourselves and everyone and our beloved nation.

“We liaise with farmers on a daily basis and we continue to guide them accordingly.”

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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