More than 1.6 million tonnes of cane has been crushed by the three Fiji Sugar Co-operation mills as of the 9th of November this year.

The cumulative crush to date remains 5 per cent higher than for the equivalent period in 2019, and compares to a tonnage of 1.5 million tonnes crushed in the same period in 2019.

To date, Labasa has crushed 4 per cent more than for the same period last year, Rarawai has crushed 11 per cent more and Lautoka slightly less at 1 per cent below last year.

Mill throughout and performance to date continues to be better than for the past two seasons, with average weekly mill stoppages at 20 per cent lower, driven by strong cane supply and mill breakdowns that are 19 per cent lower than in 2019.

Sugar production of 140,834 tonnes to date compares to production for the same period in 2019 of 145,078 tonnes.

Cane purity has been adversely affected by weather, high extraneous matter in billet cane and continuing high levels of burnt cane deliveries compared to 2019.

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