Farmers race against time

CANEfarmers in the Northern Division are making every effort to harvest and deliver all their crops to the Labasa mill before the end of crushing on Sunday.

While the early mill closure comes as a concern for them, the farmers have no choice but to speed things up in order to have all their crops processed.

Speaking on their behalf Wailevu farmer Chote Lal said with only four days left, they were walking the mile to harvest all their cane.

“We are going to be on the losing end if we don’t harvest on time. The end of the crushing season is just around the corner and we are doing everything we can,” he said.

“On one hand, we are not happy with the early closure because it has put a lot of pressure on us. The lorry drivers have started to queue up in front of the mill as they hurry to off-load our supply just so they can reload again.

“It’s like we are racing against time. A lot of us depend on canefarming for sources of income but now that the mill will be closed early, we will have to resort to other avenues to generate us income for the next seven or eight months until the next crushing season.”

Mr Lal said they hoped for the best come Sunday.

“Right now, we just want to deliver all our crops to the mill because we don’t want to have standover cane.”