26 Jun 2007

Fiji sugar mills performance worst ever

11:35 am on 26 June 2007

Fiji's sugar mills have reported some of their worst performances in the industry's history since they began crushing earlier this month.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation says the mills have some of the worst sugar extraction rates from cane ever recorded.

In the first week 50,000 tonnes of cane was crushed by the four mills but only 2,555 tonnes of sugar was produced.

The worst individual performance came from the Labasa Mill which crushed 8,549 tonnes of cane but produced only 77 tonnes of sugar.

This meant the mill crushed 110 tonnes of cane for each tonne of sugar when normally it takes about 9 tonnes of cane.

The Fiji Cane Growers Association says farmers are suffering huge losses.