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Concern Over Cane Field Fires

Two farmers lost about 350 tonnes of sugarcane with an estimated value of $19,000 Nandni Vandhana Nadi The Fiji Police Force has expressed concerns over intentional fires being set on
06 Aug 2014 07:27

Two farmers lost about 350 tonnes of sugarcane with an estimated value of $19,000

Nandni Vandhana
Nadi

The Fiji Police Force has expressed concerns over intentional fires being set on sugarcane farms in the Western Division.
This is not something new as every year when crushing season is underway, these fires are a highlight and a burden to farmers.
According to Police spokesperson, Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri, two farms suffered losses because of the fires during the weekend.
“As the crushing season is underway, more crops tend to be destroyed by fire which is a matter of concern to all relevant authorities,” Inspector Sokomuri said.
He said, last Sunday, a 50-year-old farmer from Nasoso, Nadi was at his home when he saw smoke at his farm.
“With the help of other people in the area, they managed to put out the fire but 50 tonnes of matured sugarcane were destroyed with an estimated value of $4000,” he said.
In a separate incident, a 54 -year-old farmer from Wailevu in Ra also lost 300 tonnes of matured sugarcane with a value of $15,000.
Inspector Sokomuri said those caught will be dealt with because this is a crime according to the law.

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