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Drought May Force Farmer To Stop

Drought May Force Farmer To Stop
dry spell in sugar cane farms
August 13
15:03 2017

The current dry spell in the Northern Division is affecting vegetable and root crop farmers.

For Laleen Deo, a cash crop farmer of Wasavulu in Labasa, said she barely makes $100 a month because of the drought.

Laleen had been planting and selling different kinds of vegetables and root crops for the last three years in her one acre of land and usually makes $1,000 from her produce when the weather is favorable.

Laleen Deo, 39, a cash crop farmer at Wasavulu in Labasa showing how her bean plant has been affected by dry spell on August 12. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH

Laleen Deo, 39, a cash crop farmer at Wasavulu in Labasa showing how her bean plant has been affected by dry spell on August 12. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH

She sells wholesale vegetables to the Labasa and Wasavulu market vendors.

“The farm is dried up since there is no rain so you can imagine the struggles we are facing,” said the 39-year- old mother of three.

Before, she would plant cabbage and after three weeks, she would make $100 a day at the market.

She also used to plant kumala that would be harvested after three months.

“When I harvested last week, there was no crop,” she said.

“If the dry weather continues, I might have to stop farming and resort to something else because I have to feed my family.”

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay, during his trip to Labasa on Friday confirmed that many farmers had revealed that they were affected by dry weather and the Ministry is looking into ways to assist them.

Edited by: Monica Aguilar

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