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Floods drop sugar production by almost half million

06:01 Tue Nov 20, 2012


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Devendra Narayan

The Fiji Sugar Corporation says floods earlier this year have contributed to a large drop in sugar production.

FSC Executive Chair, Abdul Khan says while the tonnes of cane to tonnes of sugar ratio stand out at around 9.7, effects by the flood have forced them to change their earlier estimation.

Khan says previously they had forecast 2.1 million tonnes of cane but now that has decreased to 1.6 million tonnes.

“If you look at the weather pattern after the flood, we did not get the rain that we were expecting at that early part of the year, not having that rain our growth wasn’t that good, the second portion that was also worth noting. With the floods there was a lot of silt that came in which actually buried a lot of our sugarcane, so about a meter or so at an average the sugarcane was under the ground rather than above the ground, that we would have harvested otherwise.”

Meanwhile crushing at the Lautoka mill will end later this month while the last day for crushing for the Ba mill is 12th of December.



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