Mills Crushing 2018
The crushing season for 2017 completed with the three mills finishing its crush. Penang mill was shut down for the 2017 season therefore the cane from the district was crushed in Rarawai and Lautoka Mills. A total of 1.63 million metric tonnes of cane was crushed and 180,388.00 tonnes of raw sugar was produced with a TCTS of 9.0 against an initial estimate of two million metric tonnes of cane. Total cane crushed in 2017 increased by 18% year on year, a commendable effort after the damages of TC Winston in 2016 and floods in February 2017. The 2017 crop was 20% lower than forecast, largely due to the adverse impact of dry weather across the cane belt. Cane planting in the 2017 season has seen a very positive improvement in achievements of cane growers and the FSC’s Extension Team engagement with the grower community. This is encouraging news for the sugar industry, as a higher cane crop will result in an increase in sugar production.