SUGAR CANE CRUSHING CONTINUES IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 14, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---The crushing and processing of sugar cane is expected to end this month at Fiji's Lautoka and Rarawai Sugar mills, while Penang and Labasa mills will continue crushing through the year.

Fiji Sugar Corporation's (FSC) Managing Director Jonetani Galuinadi said the Penang Mill will end crushing by late November while crushing in Labasa will stop by early December.

Galuinadi said this will mean the coming "slack season" will be longer than usual at Lautoka and Rarawai mills.

FSC has decided not to implement recess periods during the extra long slack , saying its decision is based on the welfare of its employees.

FIJI CANE FARMERS WANT COMPENSATION FOR LOST REVENUE

SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 9, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---A group of cane farmers in Fiji's western town of Lautoka want the Cane Growers Council to seek compensation from the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the National Farmers Union for revenue lost because of the harvest boycott earlier this year.

Council Chief Executive Grish Maharaj said he is aware that farmers in Lovu want compensation, but he has not received a formal request from them.

He said he is willing to consider the merits and determine the course of action once the request is made.

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