The 2019 season will end some two weeks earlier than in 2018 with an expected 1.80 million tonnes of cane crushed, compared to 1.69 million tonnes crushed in 2018 – some 105,000 tonnes or 6% higher due to higher crush rates and less factory stoppages. Sugar production will reflect a similar increased trend with production of 168,000 tonnes expected, compared to 160,000 tonnes in 2018.
Labasa Mill will have crushed 661,000 tonnes of cane for the season compared to 620,000 tonnes for 2018, reflecting better factory throughput and improved mechanical efficiency.
Rarawai is expected to end the 2019 season with 486,000 tonnes of cane crushed. This compares to 466,233 tonnes crushed in 2018.
As of 05th December 2019, Lautoka Mill had some 25,000 tonnes of cane remaining to be harvested and crushed.