The Lautoka Mill officially closed and ceasing crushing on Sunday 16th December 2018.
Fiji’s largest mill performed well this season, having crushed over 610,000 tonnes of cane, which reflects a 34% increase from last year, and it is the highest crush volume for the last seven years.
Total sugar produced increased by 7% to 57,857 tonnes of sugar, but cane quality was low which affected the tonnes cane per tonnes sugar (TCTS). The increase in the tonnage of cane this year has been attributed to the increased efforts of the growers in the area and also the work being carried out by the FSC’s Field teams in the Lautoka sectors.
CEO Graham Clark says “we appreciate the collaboration and efforts put in by our growers, lorry drivers and contractors, and their combined
efforts with our own people that service these areas. The harvesting result for Lautoka has substantially improved with much better cane supply being achieved”.
Other key indicators improved for the mill, including the crushing rate which improved by 7%. Crushing rate is the tonnes of cane processed per hour,
which for this year stood at 240 tonnes compared to 224 tonnes last year. The mill’s operating efficiency also improved by 2%.
A significant improvement for Lautoka was the reduction in total stops for the season, in particular the outside stops. Outside stops causing mill
stoppages are primarily driven by rain, delays in rail delivery and finally harvest delays which improved significantly to 8.4hrs per week from 41.7hrs per week.