The Fiji Sugar Corporation has released their performance update into the crushing season following a board meeting yesterday.
Mill break down was an issue in the first two weeks of crushing as the factories took on the full load of crushing.
Crushing is now back on track with the three sugar mills settling in well. Also the mill stoppages have reduced by 12% to date, in comparison with the 2017 season.
The Lautoka, Rarawai and Labasa Sugar mills into the 6th week of crushing have crushed 5.162 tonnes more compared to the same period last year. Despite teething problems at the start of the season the total mill stoppages have reduced by 12% to date in comparison to the 2017 season.
FSC has also introduced a penalty to be paid to farmers and lorry operators due to unplanned mill breakdown lasting more than six hours. And this has brought smiles to cane farmers and lorry operators.
The Fiji Sugar Corporation is now confidence the three mills have settled down into the crushing season. The challenge now is to link up cane deliveries to the mills.
According to FSC sugar recoveries are now improving steadily. 26 608 tonnes of sugar have been made as of the 31st of July compared to 26 341 tonnes in the same period of the 2017 season.