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Farmers move to other farms

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SUGARCANE farmers who have a few years left before their land lease expires now have a chance to move into other forms of farming under a new program offered by Lautoka-based NGO Empower Pacific.

Funded by the European Union, the program also offers canegrowers a lifeline by incorporating rice farming, beekeeping and other agricultural farming initiatives in between their sugarcane fields.

Empower Pacific national income generation program manager Kim Tilbury said the program was open to anyone involved in the sugar industry.

"With all the help that has been going into rehabilitating the sugar industry, this program also offers farmers the needed supplies or resources that would give them a chance to increase their productivity, harvests and income," said Ms Tilbury.

"We offer those who have a few years left on their land lease to engage in supplementary forms of farming like beekeeping which in turn produces honey for them to sell."

IGP field officer Rajnesh Ram said about 60 sugar- cane farmers from Lautoka and Labasa had been given assistance so far.