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Sugar Cane Care assessment complete: Chandra

June 4, 2018 7:00 pm

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has completed the sugar cane care assessment of areas which were affected by Tropical Cyclone Keni, Josie and flooding.

Chief Operating Officer Navin Chandra says over 60, 000 growers have registered some damage due to the natural disasters.

He says from the assessment they’ve identified, sugar cane farms in Ba were the worst affected.

“Initial assessment by the Fiji Sugar Corporation has been completed and the forms will also be handed over to the Ministry of Sugar for further assessment and action as to how to commence work in sugar cane care program.”

He says questions on the impact on culverts, drainage, and crossing, how much cane was washed away and damage to cane and ratoon crops were some of the areas assessed.

Chandra adds that FSC is also looking at clearing blocked waterways in farms before the crushing season begins.

Meanwhile, crushing at the Labasa Mill will start on the 19th of this month, 3rd July for Lautoka Mill and Rarawai Mill will begin on the 17th of next month.