The Labasa Sugar mill will close this Saturday on the 11th of October to begin crushing.
Briefing the Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu on this was the Labasa Mill Chief engineer Vilikesa Vatubuli who said the mill will be closed on this day.
“We were targeting 612,000 tonnes of sugarcane to be crushed, but now in just few days to go we should expect more than 500,000 tonnes of sugarcane.”
Mr Vatubuli said they now estimate 535,000 tonnes of sugarcane to be crushed as the mills closes.
“We have a good amount of cane supply and the farmers, workers at the mills have all done their part.”
Meanwhile, Commissioner Northern Bolalelvu said that due to this dry spell, most cane farms were affected.
Mr Bolalevu said they hope that the dry spell will move away soon, so that in 2015, the cane supply will not be affected.
“The sugar industry is the North’s backbone and we cannot let anything affect our sugarcane farms and the mills. Our economy should not be affected”.
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