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Kumar Leases Out His Own Tractor

Kumar Leases Out His Own Tractor
Tractor owner Jagdish Kumar transporting Waiqele sugarcane farmer Viren Nandan’s 12 tonnes of sugarcane to the FSC Labasa mill. Photo: Maraia Vula
June 21
12:18 2015

Meet Jagdish Kumar of Waiqele who leases out his tractor to sugarcane farmers.

Mr Kumar is a retired farmer living at Waiqele outside Labasa town was among the many transporting sugarcane to the Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa mill for crushing.

“Now my business is all about leasing out my tractor to famers who need it to transport sugarcane or for farming,” he said.

“My two clients at the moment are Viren Naidu from Waiqele and Manju both sugarcane farmers who will be hiring my tractor during this crushing season.

“When people hire my tractor I ensure that I am the driver.

“Like now Viren is hiring it for $9 a ton and I transport his sugarcane to the Labasa mill.”

The 56 years old is expected to transport Mr Naidu’s 200 tons of sugarcane to the mill this season.

“I am currently transporting 12 tons of cane via a trailer.

“This is like a load a day for this crushing season.”

Meanwhile after carting Mr Naidu’s cane, the father of two is expected to start transporting Manju’s cane from Nabekavu.

“Manju will harvest 700 tonnes of sugarcane this season and I am charging him $10 per ton for the transportation.”

He said since he was getting older he would ensure his son takes over the business.

“I have no plans to buy another tractor because I am the only one driving this tractor.”

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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