SOME cane farmers of Coqeloa in Labasa plan to leave cane farming next year because it is hard labour.
Yesterday, The Fiji Times drove past the area and saw women, children and men cutting cane.
Farmer Mahen Pratap said they planned to venture into other income-generating sources such as poultry and vegetable farming to help them financially.
"Cane farming is really hard job and with problems such as transportation, labour shortage and poor road conditions, we have no choice but to look at other options," he said.
"Most of us here have difficulties in securing labourers and we are the only ones cutting cane. At the end of the day, the income we receive from such farming is not enough for our family expenses and other needs.
"It's better we convert our farms into vegetable or poultry farms because I think they're not time-demanding and don't require a lot of hard work and effort."
Fellow farmer Khem Raj said it was a trend for them to help each other out because cane farming was difficult.