THE push to increase intercropping in cane belt areas has resulted in a growing number of sugarcane farmers planting cash crops on land not utilised for cane production.
Log Nadan from Korotale in Rakiraki is one such grower.
With assistance provided by the Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association, Mr Nadan planted watermelon and revenue from the harvest provided a windfall for his family this year.
"I decided to plant watermelon because it is a fruit that is in high demand and I managed to make about $14,000," he said.
After the harvest of the fruit, Mr Nadan planted cane and is looking forward to a bumper crop for the 2015 crushing season.
Rarawai Penang Cane Producers Association executive manager Sanjina Narain lauded the initiative taken by the Rakiraki farmer.
"Mr Nadan is one of many farmers who have taken advantage of our drainage and bulldozing scheme," she said.
"We have been raising awareness on the benefits of intercropping with our members and Mr Nadan has taken the advice and training we have provided very seriously and has reaped the rewards of his hard work."