Three mills crush 452,327 tonnes of cane

Rarawai sugar mill workers are all smiles as they prepare to tip off cane during the starting of the 2020 crushing season in Ba. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

452,327 tonnes of cane has been crushed by the three Fiji Sugar Corporation mills until August 3.

This compares to an equivalent tonnage of 380,288 tonnes crushed in 2019, an increase of 20 percent year on year.

Sugar production of 37,799 tonnes to date is 8 percent above the equivalent period in 2019, said FSC in a statement.

“Sugar recoveries are improving, with tonnes cane to sugar ratio (TCTS) improving to 11.9 to date, compared to 12.4 recorded last week.”

FSC said the first bulk sugar export for 2020 was completed on Friday 31st July.

“A total of 30,000 tonnes of sugar was shipped to the UK/EU market aboard the vessel M/V Port Alice, of which.  17,000 tonnes was loaded from Labasa and the balance of 13,000 tonnes loaded from the Lautoka bulk terminal.’

A further four shipments to the EU/UK are planned for the balance of the year, together with one shipment in August 2020 to the USA.

This will total around 165,000 tonnes of bulk sugar for export in 2020, said FSC

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