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Prakash Has A Plan To Keep His Farm

Prakash Has A Plan To Keep His Farm
Sugarcane farmer Dharmendra Prakash. Photo: MARAIA VULA
June 08
10:26 2015

Batikama sugarcane farmer, Dharmendra Prakash, who has been farming sugarcane for the past 35 years, has set out his retirement plans to ensure that his 8.5 acres farm is not sold.

The father of three children is a full-time farmer and with the help of his wife and seasonal labourers, ensures they utilise the farm land.

“I have already planned for my wife to take over the farm once I die so she will become a trustee and then will later equally distribute the farm share to all children,” he said.

“I have two sons and both are teachers. One teaches at a school in Bemana, Sigatoka while the younger one at Nabala Secondary School in Naduri. My daughter works at the Fiji National University in Suva.

“My children are educated and only my younger son helps during the weekend with the farm work.

“But in future, if none of my children or my wife can look after the farm, then it will be leased out to other farmers to work on.”

He said: “At the moment I can hire and use a mechanical harvester to harvest my canes in this modern day and age if there are no labourers.

“I planted six acres of sugarcane and I am expecting to harvest 200 tonnes on June 23 with an approximate net income of more than $3500 after expenses,” Mr Prakash said.

Mr Prakash has opted to transport his own cane through his tractor via trailer rather than opting for the railway transportation offered by FSC.

The growers in Labasa are expected to begin harvesting and start delivering cane on June 16 while the cane processing season begins on June 17.

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