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Impact Of Dry Weather Hits Farmers Affects Crops

Impact Of Dry Weather Hits Farmers Affects Crops
Lovu, Lautoka, farmers have started to feel the effects of the dry spell. Photo: Yogesh Chandra.
August 26
11:36 2018

Farmers in Mulomulo, Nadi, have started experiencing the impact of the current spell of dry weather in the Western Division.

It has slowly started to take its toll on their farms.

As a result of the prevailing weather conditions, creeks and rivers have started drying up.

In certain places in the Nausori Highlands there were reports of bush fires.

Sugarcane farmer, 31-year-old Kirshan Singh, of Mulomulo, said the dry spell has forced him to use the Fiji Sugar Corporation grant to upgrade his sugarcane farm.

“I think for us in the Western Division, this dry season we are experiencing is one of the worst,” he said.

“Because as a result, waterways will dry up and even grass will start to dry up and die.”

Mr Singh is also involved in livestock farming and finding feed for farm animals has been become a concern.

“This dry spell could go on for four months and the worst I have  ever experienced was the one in 1998. Right now we are just praying for rain,” he said.

“Our vegetable farm are badly affected.

“We have planted vegetables like cabbages, cucumbers, Bhindi, parsely and radish, they are all gone now because of the dry spell.”

His mother, 63-year-old, Saras Wati said it was easier for them to plant their own vegetables rather than buying them from the market.

“I was looking forward to harvest the vegetables, but now it’s all gone so there is nothing much that can be done about it,” she added.

Another sugarcane farmer, 37-year-old, Mohammed Mumtiaz shared the same sentiments.

He said it was really difficult for him to find feed for his goats and cows. 

Edited by Percy Kean

arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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