92pc harvestable cane crushed

Truck driver Nand Kumar unloads the sugar cane at the lautoka Mill yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Truck driver Nand Kumar unloads the sugar cane at the Lautoka Mill earlier this month. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ABOUT 92 per cent of the total harvestable cane crop in the country has been crushed.

Sugar Cane Growers Council (SCGC) chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty has urged farmers to make every effort to ensure all harvestable cane is cut and transported to the mill.

“As of this week (last week) Monday, 1.56 million tonnes of cane has been harvested and there is 147,000 tonnes of cane left to be cut.

By the look of things, we could be looking at a total harvest of close to 1.7 million tonnes this season.”

Mr Chetty said 92 per cent of harvesting had been completed for the Lautoka mill area, 86 per cent for Rarawai, 96 per cent for Penang and 95 per cent for Labasa.

“The final termination of crush date will be announced shortly after consultation with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and Sugar Industry Tribunal.

“However, we look to be on track with the tentative dates announced earlier, December 6 for Labasa and December 13 for Lautoka and Rarawai.”

The SCGC CEO added that labour shortage issues in Rarawai had been addressed with the assistance of the Methodist Church.

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