#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Lies continue over state of sugar mills

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lies continue over state of sugar mills

The interim regime and Fiji Sugar Corporation are lying that two of the three sugar mills that kicked of its 2009 crushing season are operating normally.

Our sources have established that in a statement issued through the regime’s information ministry last Wednesday, FSC's Chief Executive, Deo Sharan, lied about the status of the Lautoka and Labasa mills.

In the statement, Saran said the Labasa mill “is still in the process of fine tuning and this was expected in the early stages of crushing”.

However, our sources say the Labasa mill, which started crushing on Tuesday 9th June, was shut more than it was opened, because of the electrical and mechanical defects that were not fixed before the start of crushing season.

The frequent breakdowns are frustrating cane farmers in the Northern Division who are incurring additional expenses in trying to look after the needs of their hired cane cutters. Farmers have to hire about 85 per cent of their cutters for the harvesting season.

Our sources have also established that the largest sugar mill at Lautoka has not crushed any cane since Tuesday 16th June when it was supposed to start operations.

Sources have confirmed the mill has been non-operational for the last four days and that more than 2000 tonnes of cane was harvested on Monday 15th June – a day before crushing is drying in the mill yard. A similar tonnage of harvested cane is still lying in the cane fields and on lorries.

Mills like Labasa are not likely to start crushing until early next week.

In the meantime cane cutting gangs in the mill area are also idle.


Anonymous said...

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive!

If you decide to tell lies to get out of difficulty - you set yourself down a path where you will increasingly need to tell more lies to cover up your previous ones.

Nothing earth-shattering about that - any child can understand it.

So I hope this coup and its inexorably self-destructive trail of lies will serve as an object lesson that parents in Fiji will teach their children for generations to come.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Frank's Sugar Taskforce has been a runaway "success", then!!

I wonder how much of these difficulties we could have avoided if Frank and Mahen and the other coup supporters just had a modicum of faith in other peoples' intelligence? Or for that matter the law.

Of course previous administrations also had famous troubles with the Sugar Industry. But if those problems were so straightforward easy to solve, they would have been solved ages ago...

(And note we are not even talking about Fiji's famously intractable land problems here - because we haven't even graduated off basic operational and mill-management issues at this stage).

Anyway, to some extent, it was Frank's "we can" optimism led him to shove aside the law, the people and the International Community, to get his neophyte hands on all these national problems. In that respect, his approach is quite reminiscent of Rabuka's "can do" bravado that led (amongst other things) to the loss forever, of Fiji's colonial culture of professionalism in our civil service after 1987.

Must be a military thing, I guess!

But it's food for thought that the kind of training and thinking these guys have drummed into them can make them especially susceptible to this kind of "give it to me", central-command interventionism.

Anonymous said...

How goods the sugar business going?

One of the worlds benchmarks - CSR - has just announced its getting out - putting its sugar interests up for sale.

Message there somewhere?

Execs - administrators - technicians -multitudes of leeches involved in regimes criminal mishandling - couldn't give a stuff.

But how come those least responsible will again be asked to bear the burden?