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Drought Adds To Cane Farmers’ Problems

76-year-old woman, who had seen her grandparents toil the cane farms to productivity in the past, said this year could be the worse year for production. Shila Wati, of Malake
16 Jul 2016 15:35
Drought Adds To Cane Farmers’ Problems
Shila Wati.

76-year-old woman, who had seen her grandparents toil the cane farms to productivity in the past, said this year could be the worse year for production.

Shila Wati, of Malake Landing, in Rakiraki said most cane farmers were dealt a double blow this year from Mother Nature.

First Cyclone Winston vented its fury mainly over Rakiraki and now the ongoing drought has sent their hopes to an all time low.

The cane fields from Rakiraki town to Burotu showed all the signs of crops that have been through the worst.

The crushing season begins within a week’s time, but the crops were undersized and the lack of rain showed.

Mrs Wati, whose sons look after their 15 acre farm, said they would be lucky if they get just above 100 tonnes.

“Usually we harvest around 350 to 400 tonnes, but that is not going to happen this year,” she said.

“The cyclone and the drought has really affected the crops.”

Mrs Wati said she really did not know about Government subsidising the transportation of sugarcane to the Rarawai Mill in Ba.

“My sons look after all that so I don’t really know.”

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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