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Goat Farmer Moves Herd Around For Survival

The prolonged dry spell across the country is taking its toll in some areas. In the North, people in rural areas and farmers are among the hardest hit. Goat farmer
02 Aug 2015 10:09
Goat Farmer Moves Herd Around For Survival
Hirdesh Chand at his rice farm in Wailevu outside Labasa. Photo: Peni Drauna

The prolonged dry spell across the country is taking its toll in some areas.

In the North, people in rural areas and farmers are among the hardest hit.

Goat farmer Hirdesh Chand of Wailevu outside Labasa said the dry spell had really affected his livestock.

While the dry weather was also starting to take its toll on water sources, the main concern for Mr Chand was finding green pasture for his goat herd.

The 18-year-old said looking after 13 goats was a daunting task in this dry spell but added that the simple method of moving them around healthier pastures and sacrificing his rice farm for the animals had worked well so far.

Another farmer, Vikash Chand, who lives along the Korovatu Road outside Labasa said his plight was clean and safe water for his family.

The family has been forced to fetch water from a well.

Despite the odds stacked against them as the dry weather persists, the two farmers share one thing in common; they have faced much bigger drought before.

Principal agriculture officer North John Cox said the dry spell had affected all farmers.

“Farmers should store water wisely as Government is also carting water to affected communities,” Mr Cox said.

He encouraged farmers to draw water from nearby sources for farming purposes.

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