A GROUP of farmers in Saqani have been financially affected after bus services to the area stopped about three weeks ago.
The farmers in Lakeba Village who sell their root crops at the Labasa and Savusavu markets have not been able to do so because of transportation problems.
The Fiji Times team visited Saqani district last week and only heard frustrations over the transportation problems.
Lakeba villager and farmer Kata Daugunu said they had lost about $300 in weekly income.
"We go to the market and sell root crops and yaqona every week and the bus services has helped us a lot," he said.
"But since it stopped, we have not been able to travel to the market with our produce because the carrier is very expensive charging us between $180 and $200 to go to the markets.
"We don't have that kind of money to pay for carriers so as a result, we are not raking in money to help support our families."
Mr Daugunu said they had raised the issue in district meetings.
"We hope something will be done about it because our children are also suffering as they walk for hours to school and back home."
The situation resulted in some students being absent from school for days.