11 Jan 2011

Fiji farmer warns others to plant cash crops

11:15 am on 11 January 2011

A sugar cane farmer in Tavua who has experienced flooding is advising other affected farmers to consider planting other cash crops to supplement their incomes.

A slow moving trough of low pressure is being blamed for the heavy rain over the Fiji group.

Yogendra Khand has 25 acres of sugar cane fields in Tavua affected by the heavy rain and flooding.

He says up to 80 tonnes of his sugar cane crop was left out and wasn't able to make it to the mill and is probably ruined.

"I feel that farmers have struggled this year to get their canes to the mills because the mill has had some problems in operations, so the farmers have struggled. If this is the case, then farmers can move to cash crops where they can earn more money, like watermelon, planting of beans and other things."