FARMERS in the North are working against time trying to harvest all their sugar cane before the end of the season.
National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said farmers in Wainikoro and Daku were mostly affected compared with those in the greater Labasa area.
"These farmers depend on the locomotives for transportation of cane to the mill and so their supply would be taken to the mill after three or four days," Mr Lal said.
"Some of them have used the lorry instead of the rail carts because they can supply cane to the mill every day compared to waiting for carts.
"The farmers up in that area still have standover cane and most of them depend on the farms for income. It is their livelihood."
Mr Lal said it would be fair to compensate farmers with standover cane.
"It is not their fault that their farms have not been completely harvested. The transporting of cane to the mill has been delayed in some cases which have resulted in the standover cane.
"Now farmers are rushing to get their farms harvested and we hope the season achieves its initial 550,000 tonnes.
"It is only fair to compensate the farmers because they have bank loans to pay and having standover cane will not help at all."
The Labasa mill has so far exported $29milion worth of sugar.