Bid to assist sugar cultivation during dry season

FSC agricultural services team testing out the water tankers earlier this month. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) recently acquired 20 mobile water tankers that will be distributed to its sector offices to assist with sugar cane cultivation during the dry season.

The 2500 litre mobile water tankers can be used by sugarcane farmers to irrigate their crops, particularly for newly planted seed cane, which will enhance germination.

According to FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark, the introduction of these water tankers will meet some of the irrigation needs faced by sugarcane farmers.

“The tankers are an initial step towards supplementary irrigation for the sugar industry and if these work out well this year, we will be ordering more in the coming years,” Mr Clark said.

The tankers are also expected to be handy during extended dry weather periods, a bonus for growers to enable them to continue their planting momentum during these dry spells.

Few weeks ago, the FSC agricultural services team tested the new water tankers at the FSC estate farms in Drasa.

Farm demonstrations have also been carried out prior the tankers’ distribution to FSC sector offices.

The water tanker hire rates will be made available at all FSC sector offices.

The proposed distribution of these water tankers is outlined in the table below:

 

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