FSC will acquire over a hundred new Isuzu 240 HP 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine 6-speed transmission, 6-wheeler 4×2 drive trucks.
FSC CEO Graham Clark says “these new trucks will be distributed across all cane sectors and will be managed by our transport department via fleet management solution at cost-effective prices”.
The first seventeen trucks are expected to be distributed by the end of May and a further twenty trucks around mid-June with the balance expected around mid-July. In terms of distribution to the mill area, Lautoka Mill areas is expected to receive thirty trucks, Labasa twenty-two and Rarawai fifteen trucks.
The trucks have been fitted with cage bins, fabricated locally, specifically for the harvesting season. And during the non-crushing season, the trucks will be used for the distribution of fertilizers and weedicides. These new trucks will ease some of the transportation issues currently faced by the industry.
Clark says “these trucks will be compliant with the new Land Transport Authority and Fiji Roads Authority weight restrictions.
And we are looking to complement the existing transportation options in the industry”.
The new trucks will bring much relief to our growers during the peak crushing season, when the demands of the transportation of their cane to the mill is at its highest.
As the use of the mechanical harvesters increase, these truck have been fitted with cage bins that are of the size – 8370mm (L) x 2400mm (W) x 3500mm (H) for ease of loading using mechanical harvesters.