31 May 2006

Fiji sugar harvest begins

9:40 am on 31 May 2006

Fiji's sugar cane crushing season for the year starts today with the processing of the estimated 3-point-2 million tonne crop expected to take the next six months.

The Ba sugar mill is scheduled to start rolling at 10 o'clock this morning followed by Lautoka tomorrow, Labasa next Tuesday and Penang on June the 20th.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation is expecting to produce 345,000 tonnes of sugar this season, up from 288,000 tonnes last year.

Despite its problems in recent years, sugar remains Fiji's most important crop providing employment and income to tens of thousands of farmers, mill workers, cane harvesters and support industries