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Dry Spell Takes Toll On Cane Farmers

Dry Spell Takes Toll On Cane Farmers
dry spell in sugar cane farms
September 18
01:19 2015

Sugacane farmers in the Lovu Sector in Lautoka are hopeful for rain as the dry spell continues in the Western Division and other parts of the country.

Meli Naciko, 78, who owns 10 acres of sugarcane farm, said rain was important to the farmers.

“During this dry weather, all we can do is wait for the rain to come,” he said.

“It will help our cane grow and it’s easier to cut cane during the wet weather.”

He usually hires a gang of about to 10 sugarcane cutters for harvesting.

“This year I have not harvest my cane yet because of the dry weather,” he said.

Mr Naciko said his farm was between Gusuniwai in Vitogo and Vunato.

“Farmers need to plant other crops during this dry weather to help supplement their income,” he said.

“We used to have plenty breadfruits, but most of the tress are bare and starting to show the effects of the dry spell.”

Mr Naciko also plants cassava, bananas, sweet plantain bananas (Vudi), breadfruit and pawpaw.

“It’s important that you have a variety of crops for income generation and also for your family’s daily survival,” he said.

“Stop using water unwisely, especially in this dry weather because every drop is important.”

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