Australia is to supply the Soviet Union with sugar for the first time - the latest expansion of multi-million-dollar industry located in the North-East coastal area.
AV Seaside town of cairns
AV Sugar cane country
TV Sugar fields
SV Tractor planting cane
CU & SVs Harrows on tractor turning earth (3 shots)
SV & CU Full-grown crop
LV Processing factory
CU Torch being lit & cane being fired
CU & SVs Cane burning(3 shots)
GTV & SVs Cane combine harvester operating(4 shots)
SVs Train carrying cane(6 shots)
GV INT. Hooper of cane unloaded
SCU & CU Cane being graded (2 shots)
CU Cane shredder TILT TO juice running from machine
CU Sugar crystal under microscope (3 shots)
SV Batch of sugar released by machine (4 shots)
SV & GV Machine in operation
SV Sugar hopper TILT DOWN TO lorry
GV Sugar lorry away (2 shots)
AV Warehouse complex
CU Sion 'Sugar Wharf PAN ship
SV & CU Sugar being loaded into ship from rotating spreader(3 shots)
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Background: Australia is to supply the Soviet Union with sugar for the first time - the latest expansion of multi-million-dollar industry located in the North-East coastal area.
Australia is to ship 115,000 tons of sugar to its new customer, in a deal worth more than 13 million Australian dollars. This compares with sales over the past few years to the United States, one of Australia's most valued customers, of between 170,000 and 101,000 tons.
This film shows aspects of the Australian sugar industry near Cairns and Mackay, key Queensland outlets.
SYNOPSIS: Sugar in Australia is harvested over huge tracts of lush tropical country where sunshine and rainfall blend to make conditions perfect for the cane.
Before the ripe cane is ready for harvesting and transporting to the mills, dry leaves, weeds and other trash are removed, by burning. In spite of the intense heat the sugar is unaffected. But unless it is harvested within 24 hours it will begin to deteriorate.
The sugar-cane harvester, an Australian development, has speeded the operation tremendously. Almost gone now are the days when the cane was out with a hand-knife. For a hundred years steam served the sugar industry well in transporting the cane to the mills. But now diesel power is taking on the job. About 7 tons of cane are needed to make one ton of raw sugar.
The cane is chopped and shredded, before being passed through a series of heavy rollers, grooved to achieve maximum juice extraction.
Frequent samples are taken to check the rate and quality of crystal growth.
When ready, the batch is released.
Raw sugar is not intended for table use. After holding in huge bins, it is carried to refineries around the world for final processing. It is destined for the vast bulk storage sheds of the coastal ports.
The sheds at Mackay alone can hold 420,000 tons of raw sugar. Sugar for export, a thousand tons per hour. The amount exported is governed by International Agreement., but the new Soviet sale blazes and important trail in a new market. With price levels increasing all the time, the climate is set fair for Australian sugar.