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Crushing dates may change

April 19, 2012 7:03 pm

Cane crushing for this season will probably be delayed due to the recent flooding says the Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chair – Abdul Khan.

Khan says the crushing dates were set before the floods, but the situation has changed.

Khan says they want to extract as much sugar as possible because the cane volume is lower than expected.

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“Looking at the cane maturity and as my officers have said – in January we had 15 days of virtually no sun, in March we had 15 days of rain as well – that’s a month out of the 3 months of no sun, which means the cane aren’t maturing or growing to the level we expect – so the two main fundamental things that drives cane processing – one is the preparing of the mill and secondly it’s actually the cane maturity.”

Khan says they cannot say much about the Rarawai Mill at this stage as some machinery in the mill suffered extensive damage during the floods.

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