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Loss for farmers

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, March 01, 2014

FARMERS in the Waituri area of Tailevu could only shrug and save what they could of their farms as flood waters inundated the area on Thursday.

While some farmers were able to salvage parts of their farms, others lost everything, blaming poor drainage for the flood that placed roads there under three feet of water.

Vegetable farmer Dinesh Chand said he had lost his entire cucumber crop, an estimated $3000 worth.

"There's nothing we can do about it," he said.

"I planted these cucumber plants two weeks ago and now they are all gone but like I said, there is really nothing to we can do about it."

Popo's poultry farm owner Lagesh Prasad scrambled to save what he could of his chicken farm after losing about 700 chicks and 2000 meat birds of the 19,500 he had in stock.

"We're still trying to save some and we have managed to do that but I fear still more could die because of the weather," Mr Prasad said.

He said he had invested $1.3million in the farm, making it the third largest layer (egg) farm in the country, and his loss was quite substantial.

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