Flooding worst yet for farmer of 15 years

Mohit Kumar surveys the damage at his pawpaw farm after TC Keni. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Mohit Kumar surveys the damage at his pawpaw farm after TC Keni. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

MOHIT Kumar has suffered many losses in the 15 years he has spent as a farmer.

This week’s flooding in Bilalevu, Sigatoka, is proving to be the worst, with Mr Kumar estimating damage at $100,000.

He said his five-acre rented farmland was used to plant pawpaw, eggplant and chillies.

“All my produce has been destroyed and I’m trying to see how best I can save whatever crops I can,” the 36-year-old said.

“Before, I used to supply one tonne of produce for export, and the leftover vegetables were supplied to the local markets.”

He said most damage was caused by strong wind experienced in the area on Tuesday.

“There are about 20 farmers here and all have similar stories.

“We will now wait for the weather to normalise before we start clearing the field and start replanting.”