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FSC looks at long term benefits

April 18, 2012 1:31 am

The Fiji Sugar Corporation says engaging bigger trucks to haul cane to the mills will be beneficial in the long term.

Executive chair Abdul Khan says expression of interest has been called from companies so they can gather information on the scheme.

Khan says they are aiming to increase cane production in the coming years and other modes of transportation is important to reduce congestion.

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“If you look at the long term plans, at the moment we do roughly just under 2m tonnes of cane. We want to grow that from 2m to above 4m tonnes of cane. If you look at the amount of cane that’s coming by road at the moment, its roughly around about 60 to 70 percent. So if you look at 60% of 2m canes that’s 1.2m, we double that, that’s 2.4m tonnes of cane coming on the road at the present, so you imagine the congestion on the road, so what we looking at doing is to try and reduce that congestion.”

Khan adds this scheme will not be put into practice during this crushing season.

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