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Cane farmer diversifies to other crops

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

FOR about 30 years, Dharam Singh eked out a living as a sugarcane farmer.

The Nadi farmer said the sugar cane farms had sustained his family for generations. "But it came with a lot of hard work and sacrifice. And it was also very costly, we were not getting what we put in," he said. It was amid this background that he opted to venture into fish farming as well as dabble in the cultivation and sale of other crops and vegetables.

He said he found fish farming more manageable and less costly.

His plans received a boost when the government supported the venture with a funding of $4000 under the self-help scheme where he contributed one third of the project costs. "I am so thankful to the government for funding the completion of my fish pond. This will be a good income source for my family."

Mr Singh said apart from fish cultivation, he planted corn, vegetables and cassava.