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$25,000 goes up in flames

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A NADI farmer who lost 600 tonnes of sugar cane in a fire yesterday morning is pleading with authorities for help.

Rajnesh Kumar said he used his own resources and spent about $12,000 preparing for the crushing season which is two weeks away.

The fire destroyed 20 acres of sugar cane planted on his 100-acre farm.

He said he was expecting to harvest up to 4000 tonnes because of the good weather.

"With 600 tonnes gone, this means a loss of approximately $25,000," he said.

"We have farmed for four years and this is the first time something like this had happened.

"Our children depend on the farm for their education and we have 12 full-time workers as well whose income will be affected."

FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan said the incident was very unfortunate.

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