SOME cane farms in the Northern Division have not been harvested because farmers have difficulties in engaging labourers.
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said labour shortage remained a major obstacle since the opening of the mill in June.
"Some cane farmers are worried because they still cannot find labourers to cut their cane," Mr Lal said.
"For the past two months, their cane is still standing and this is a major concern as most of the farmers depend on sugarcane farming for sources of income."
Mr Lal has reiterated the need for the relevant authorities to step in to assist cane farmers in securing canecutters.
Provincial administrator Macuata Josefa Rokonai yesterday said they had liaised with the provincial council offices to request youths and men in the iTaukei community to cut cane.
"People have already been informed of the need to cut cane but we really can't force them because most of them see harvesting cane as hard labour," Mr Rokonai said.
"We are urging Fijians of Indian descent community to join in our quest to look for available canecutters.
"We are also requesting cane farmers to make every attempt to secure canecutters and resolve labour issues."
It was earlier reported that some cane labourers in Seaqaqa and Wainikoro in Nadogo have opted for other forms of employment, labelling cane cutting as a hard labour with low income.