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Maintain Crops Well, North Farmers Told

Despite the dry weather conditions affecting the Northern Division, canegrowers are doing their utmost to supply fresh cane to the mills. The Sugar Cane Growers Council senior executive officer North,
30 Sep 2014 12:12

Despite the dry weather conditions affecting the Northern Division, canegrowers are doing their utmost to supply fresh cane to the mills.

The Sugar Cane Growers Council senior executive officer North, Rajendra Prasad, said the council was concerned about the dry conditions.

Mr Prasad said the dry weather could have a significant impact on the cane supply for 2015.

“We are urging farmers not to fertilise their cane and also to refrain from burning as it will spread to other farms,” Mr Prasad said.

The Western Division experienced some rain yesterday and according to the Nadi weather office some occasional showers are expected in the Central, Western and Northern divisions as well.

Nadi and Lautoka were averaging 31 degrees Celsius (maximum), Labasa 32 degrees Celsius, and Suva at 30 degrees.

“Canegrowers have been advised to take care and maintain their farms. Farmers have been informed to preserve the thrash blanket on sugar cane in order to retain moisture,” he said.

“We are also asking farmers not to plough cane and we are hoping for rain in coming weeks.”

As reported earlier, the dry spell has affected the supply of fresh vegetables for vendors at the Labasa Market.

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