Machinery malfunction at M'boro mill delays harvesting

FRASER Coast canegrowers must be wondering what they have do to get the 2013 crush under way - the latest delay caused by a machinery breakdown.

The harvest season was supposed to kick off more than a week ago before rain in the lead-up forced its postponement.

It was then hoped it would begin last Thursday before more rain fell and finally, just as the skies cleared long enough to allow for the harvest, machinery at Maryborough Sugar Factory has failed.

MSF general manager Stewart Norton said he was hopeful the delay would not last beyond Thursday.

"We were just about ready to go and we sucked a big vacuum pipe flat," he said. 

"Hopefully we will be going by Thursday."

Maryborough Canegrowers manager Trevor Turner said there were about 1000 tonnes of cane cut already and in the mill's yard, and some cut and waiting on the properties of growers - but he said it was not likely to be lost.



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