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.