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Stop burning sugarcane: FSC

September 12, 2019 6:16 am

The Fiji Sugar Corporation is reiterating their pleas for a stop to the burning of sugar cane.

In a statement, the FSC says the dangers of burning is not only centered around environmental concerns but also impacts on the sugar make and quality.

As a result of burnt cane, a substance called dextran develops. Dextran reduces the quality of sugar cane through bacterial activity and has a negative impact on sugar quality.

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FSC says cane fires and the burning of cane must be discouraged at all costs.

It notes that burnt cane is on the rise at Lautoka and Rarawai as an increasing levels of dextran is now evident in the cane.

Burnt cane crushed at the Lautoka Mill for the week stands at 50.1%.

For the Rarawai and Penang Mill areas, burnt cane crushed was around 39.3%.

For the Labasa Mill area it was 3.7%.

 

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