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West Farmers Pray For More Rain

The Sugar Cane Growers Council’s chief executive officer, Sundresh Chetty, and the farmers are praying for more rain for a good harvest. Mr Chetty said the farmers were happy about
02 Oct 2014 08:21

The Sugar Cane Growers Council’s chief executive officer, Sundresh Chetty, and the farmers are praying for more rain for a good harvest.

Mr Chetty said the farmers were happy about the rain in the past two days but were hoping that it would continue over the next few weeks.

He said the farmers and the council were putting together plans should the situation get worse.

“We have provided advisory services to the farmers to retain or trash conservation is being applied on the farms also for farmers not to plough out their crop in anticipation of new plant they should retain and maintain crop on the field,” Mr Chetty said.

Mr Chetty remained optimistic about the rainy season and encouraged farmers to plant on fallow land.

The council has been working closely with the Fiji Sugar Corporation management to provide the best solutions for the farmers.

“We have been having meetings with various stakeholders and as we speak most of the growers are now harvesting and delivering their canes to the mills as they are approaching the crushing season,” he said.

“But for now we are looking at ways on how we can assist farmers if it doesn’t rain,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Chetty said they may not achieve the two million tonnes target because of the dry spell.

“The dry spell has had a big impact on the canes so we may not reach our target for this year,” he said.

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