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On the Land

12 June, 2022

$50m bumper sugar season to start

A BUMPER cane crushing season will soon begin on the Tablelands, with MSF Sugar’s mill set to start next week.

Qube Logistics’ Ty Bensilum, MSF Sugar’s Aaron Moore, Atherton grower David Nix, Arriga grower Luke Cabassi, MSF Sugar’s Peter Chohan and Yungaburra grower Italo Curcio are looking forward to kicking off Tableland Mill’s 2022 crush.

When the mill tips the first truckload of cane into the hopper on 14 June, it will mark the beginning of a crush set to reap over $50 million in revenue for the Tableland sugar industry community. 

“We can’t wait to get crushing,” Tableland Mill manager Peter Chohan said. 

“On the back of big planting programs from our growers, excellent growing conditions and near-record sugar prices, we are looking forward to a great season. 

“Sugar prices are up around $570 per tonne, so our growers can expect an average cane price of around $53 per tonne.

 “Combine that with Tablelands’ high cane yield and the range of grower incentives MSF Sugar is offering, and cane can be a very profitable crop on the Tableland. 

“We are also really excited to have our $100 million Green Energy Power Plant operational and gearing up to export power to the national grid. 

“Tableland Mill recorded industry-best efficiency last year, but we’re looking to improve on that again. 

“With our transport contractor, Qube Logistics, having a full complement of trucks and experienced drivers in place we expect to have the crop off by 6 November.”

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