Institute sets up mini mill

Sugar Research Institute of Fiji and Biosecurity Authority of Fiji work in collaboration during the Seed Cane Inspection in Drasa Lautoka. Picture: SUPPLIED/FT FILE

The Sugar Research Institute of Fiji (SRIF) has set up a miniature sugar mill to test sugar quality.

Senior technical officer Sailasa Balemailautoka said the miniature mill analysed cane samples from SRIF trials.

“It provides the necessary information on cane in terms of quality indexes and the sugar content,” he said.

“The data from the small mill analysis is termed as biochemical data that is required to analyse ongoing trials and plant breeding program of new varieties.”

He said analyses also quantified the purity of sugar cane.

“The small mill evaluation provides the data on which the test varieties are selected for advancing across different stages of the plant breeding program.

“This analysis is also carried out to quantify the quality of sugar cane in response to various agronomic trials, impacts of pests and diseases, experiments from within the sugar industry and for field audit.”

Approximately 2000 sugarcane samples are analysed annually by SRIF.

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