Despite adverse weather conditions and a late start of crop, adequate cane supplies, good cane quality and excellent factory efficiencies have kept sugar production ahead of schedule since the commencement of the crop.
Production figures to February 19 indicated 196,300 metric tons had been ground to date, over 30,000 tons more than an equivalent grinding period last year. This resulted from a daily grind rate of over 330 tons per hour – with an average TCTS of 10.49 (10.81 at this stage of the crop last year).
The mill has been running smoothly so far, achieving a rate of grind of over 8,200 metric tons in a day. The improved performance is the result of a mill “face lift”, described elsewhere in this newsletter.