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Dry Spell Worsens

The continuous dry spell has drastically affected farmers in Nadi resulting in the deaths of livestock and shortage of supply of produce to the market, says farmer Ranit Kumar. The
17 Sep 2015 11:16
Dry Spell Worsens
Mr Kumar plants tomatoes, beans, okra and bhindi but the backbone of his activities is his sugarcane farm.He had always harvested 200 tonnes of cane in prior years but this had decreased to 100 tonnes this year.

The continuous dry spell has drastically affected farmers in Nadi resulting in the deaths of livestock and shortage of supply of produce to the market, says farmer Ranit Kumar.

The 47-year-old, who has been a farmer all his life in Nasau, Nadi, said it was the first time for him to witness such a long period of drought.

“The vegetables and crops that I had planted are dying and some are not growing well,” he said.

“This is the first time I’ve witnessed this kind of drought in the many years I have stayed here in the West,” Mr Kumar said.

“This year I have not delivered much vegetable to the market because of the drought.  So I have received less money than what I expected.”

Mr Kumar plants tomatoes, beans, okra and bhindi but the backbone of his activities is his sugarcane farm.

He had always harvested 200 tonnes of cane in prior years but this had decreased to 100 tonnes this year.

“I also have a sugarcane farm which supports my family but this year I was only able to get 100 tonnes of sugarcane,” he said.

“I bring tanks and drums and have them aligned in my farm to water the vegetables, if not then we are hoping it will rain soon,” he said.

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