For the period ending 20th July 2020, a total of 266,194 tonnes of cane has been crushed by the three FSC sugar mills which are now all in full operation.
This compares to an equivalent tonnage of 204,920 tonnes crushed in 2019 – an increase of 30% year on year.
Nationally, mill performance continues to show an upward trend, with operating time efficiency 28% higher than last year and average weekly mill stoppages 36% lower.
Sugar production of 20,481 tonnes to date is 14% above the equivalent period in 2019, impacted by cane purity and recoverable sugar rates that remain below last year and below expectation.
Recent cool dry weather is showing signs of reversing this trend.
The Lautoka Mill has been crushing for two weeks and is settling well.
A total of 20,711 tonnes of cane has been crushed to date. Daily throughput exceeding 4,000 tonnes is now regularly achieved.
Mechanical stops are much improved, showing a 58% improvement year on year.
The mill has increased throughput after being run slowly in the first few days and throughput will continue to increase as operations settle.
Cane supply is adequate from both manual and mechanical harvesting gangs, although some disruption did occur over the past weekend due to
the heavy rainfall received in the Lautoka Mill area. Commercial sugar production will commence at Lautoka from this week.
The Rarawai Mill has now been crushing for four weeks and has processed 97,294 tonnes of cane.
Daily crush rates have increased steadily since start up and the mill is achieving a higher daily crush than targeted.
Daily throughput of more than 4,000 tonnes of cane is now being
regularly achieved, and mechanical efficiency is presently better than for the last two years, showing a 64% improvement over last season. Further increases are anticipated to match strong cane supply.
Preference has been given to manual cutting gangs to supply cane whilst
labor supply is good and mechanical harvesting will pick up in the coming weeks.
The Rarawai mill operated on Sunday 19th July 2020, to cater for increased mechanical harvester supply, and crushed 4,500 tonnes.
Sugar production has reached 6,717 tonnes as TCTS (tonnes cane per tonne sugar) improves, recording 14.5 to date.
The Labasa Mill is performing very well, having crushed 148,189 tonnes of cane in six weeks of operation.
Cane supply has been strong and mill stoppages low, resulting in smooth operations.
The mill continues to record low mechanical stoppages and an average of only 3.2 hours were lost in the week due to mill stoppages.
Sugar recovery is improving and to date TCTS is recorded at 11.0, with 18,519 tonnes of sugar produced.