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Farmers fear dry season

Maciu Malo
Friday, February 22, 2013

FARMERS in the Sigatoka Valley are concerned about the looming dry season's effect on their farms.

Sanjay Ram, 34, says he is worried the dry season will affect his farm production.

"We have already been hit by two floods and a cyclone that really crippled our production and we are now concerned about the dry season," he said.

"At the same time we are also trying hard to get used to the high cost of fertiliser.

"Before we used to pay $25 per fertiliser bag compared to the $80 per bag we are facing now.

"Definitely we will need more fertiliser during the dry season that is our main worry now."

Mr Ram said he lost about $30,000 during the two floods and the tropical cyclone last year.

"This will be my first day of supply to the market after the cyclone last year.

"The eggplants and the long beans are ready for harvest, and they are expected to rake in more than $100 per market trip.

"I have been in this industry for the past 15 years and I am proud that I have contributed to feeding the citizens of this country with vegetables, fruits and root crops."

Agriculture director extension Uraia Waibuta says the ministry is doing its best to assist farmers with various rehabilitation programs.

He is urging farmers to seek advice from agricultural officers.





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