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Chand In Despair As Flood Waters Damage Crops

Chand In Despair As Flood Waters Damage Crops
Mahesh Chand 62 shows his flooded farm at Urdalia in Baulevu on April 11, 2018.Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 12
11:00 2018

Dalo farmer, Mahesh Chand, 62, lost all his crops worth more than $25,000 because of the high tide and flood waters caused by heavy downpour from Tropical Cyclone Keni.

“My family and I survive on the dalo farm, but eve­rything is now ruined,” Mr Chand said.

“This is the third time all my crops have been badly affected but this is the worst experience of all.”

Mr Chand, originally of Muaneweni in Naitasiri, has been living in Urdalia in Baulevu since 1983 and has been a farmer since then.

He said the waters start­ed to rise early yesterday morning because of the high tide and affected most of the Baulevu side.

The muddy water not only ruined crops, but it also brought a lot of rubbish piled along the farms and adjacent road.

With his mind worry­ing about the damage, Mr Chand stood by his farm and stared in grief when the Fiji Sun team visited him.

He said he had more than 3000 dalo plants, which were supposed to be harvested in two weeks times, but they were now destroyed.

“My family’s only source of income was from the dalo sales, which had ca­tered for our food, bills and other necessities,” Mr Chand said.

“I do not know what I will do.

He will now have to resort to other means of income generating ideas to cater for his family’s welfare.

Edited by Percy Kean

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