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Farmers Urged To Plant Progressively

  Principle Agriculture officer Vinesh Kumar has urged farmers in the Western Division to plant their crops progressively rather than taking advantage of the soil’s moisture level. “We are telling
04 Jan 2016 10:30
Farmers Urged To  Plant Progressively
Kishore Verma in his vegetable farm in Korovuto, Nadi. Photo: Luke Nacei

 

Principle Agriculture officer Vinesh Kumar has urged farmers in the Western Division to plant their crops progressively rather than taking advantage of the soil’s moisture level.

“We are telling farmers not to put too many seeds on the ground since their crops may be exposed to flooding and maybe not even grow at all due to the unpredictable weather,” he said.

“On a positive note there has not been any flash-flooding cases recently in the West. No damage to crops and farmers have heeded our warnings and abandoned low-lying areas.”

Mr Kumar said a recent field assessment showed farmers in Ba have started preparing their land for planting sugar cane.

“We had to talk to some farmers in terms of taking the disaster warnings seriously.

“We understand that they are basically thinking about the long run so that is why most are determined to plant their crops and extend their farms,” he said.

“For cane farmers the main aim is to plant sufficient sugarcane and to be able to have enough yielded for the next cane season.”

He said farmers should be cautious of which types of pastures they allow their livestock to feed on.

“We will need more rain mainly in Ba and Tavua just to restore the water in the creeks and nourish the soil for the cane farms,” he said.

“It is noticeable that the pastures are improving and we can see some growth however feeding the new grass to livestock may cause bloating, so it would be much safer to use the supplies we had given initially.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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