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Slow Crushing at Mills Raises Concerns: Lorry Association

Cane crushing in Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Rarawai mill in Ba and Lautoka mill is slow. This concern was raised by Fiji Cane Lorry Association president Jitendra Singh. Mr Singh
30 Jul 2021 12:00
Slow Crushing at Mills Raises Concerns: Lorry Association
Cane growers and lorry drivers, from left Tufal Mohammed, Andrew Hussein and Saiyed Hussein at the Rarawai mill in Ba on July 29, 2021

Cane crushing in Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Rarawai mill in Ba and Lautoka mill is slow.

This concern was raised by Fiji Cane Lorry Association president Jitendra Singh.

Mr Singh said lorry drivers had an average turnaround time of 12 hours.

“Some days, drivers have to sleep the night in their lorries because of the slow crushing.

“We urge authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure our farmers and lorry drivers are not affected,” he said.

Lautoka Lorry Association assistant treasure Taslim Khan reiterated that military intervention was necessary to oversee the miller’s operations.

“Around five to six years back, we had sought military intervention in the Lautoka Mill and through that intervention, the crushing had picked up,” he said.

“We need a third party to oversee the operations so it is not at the cost of our farmers and lorry drivers.”

For lorry driver Vinay Kumar, waiting hours in his lorry for crushing was not unexpected.

“I have been here at the Rarawai Mill since 2am,” he said.

Mr Kumar had waited nine long hours before he reached the weighing station at the Rarawai mill in Ba yesterday.

Similarly, Ba Lorry Association vice president Saras Chand expressed his concerns regarding the slow crushing.

“Our lorry drivers need their time to rest as well, so do our farmers,” he said.

“With crushing so slow, many farmers have their trucks loaded on standby.”

“One can only hope the crushing is completed before the wet season arrives.”

“How do you expect our farmers to pay their labourers or feed their families when crushing remains this slow?”

Queries sent to FSC remained unanswered when this edition went to print.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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