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Farmer Discovers Termites Affecting Sugarcane Yield

Farmer Discovers Termites  Affecting Sugarcane Yield
Sugarcane farmer, Nand Kishore shows a sugarcane infested with termites.
December 31
08:39 2014

Discovering your crop to be infesting termites is the least of what any farmer wants.

But 63-year-old Qalitu farmer Nand Kishore found the cause of decrease in their cane field production.

“Last three years I had harvested 400 tons of cane and just last year I had also harvested 300 tons but this year it was very low that I knew something was wrong and it was not the seedling.

“So I took the cane and I found that there were termites in them; I straight away took it to the authorities to confirm if it was true,” he said.

Mr Kishore, who has harvested on 16 acres of land in Lautoka, said that dealing with the issue was very important for him and his family.

“Termites in our area are nothing new but the only thing new is that it has gone to the extent of infesting in our crops which is affecting our production.

“Being a retired teacher this is all I depend on and I cannot be relying on other things to support my family,” he said.

The retired teacher also urged farmers to be more aware of the current issue.

“This should also be a warning to all farmers who are facing the same issue especially to those who are wondering about the causes of the reduction in their cane produce.

“Not only have they affected our canes but also we have seen that when we pull the cassava out there is nothing and we believe this could be the cause of it,” Mr Kishore said.

He confirmed that they are currently working closely with Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and other regulatory bodies to solve the current situation.

“The authorities such as the Biosecurity are working very hard to find a solution to our problems.

In the mean time we should be alert of what is happening,” Mr Kishore said.




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