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Young farmers move out to look for wives

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, June 18, 2017

MARRIAGE is becoming a far-fetched dream for bachelors that choose to remain with their parents on the cane farms of Seaqaqa.

Seventy-year-old Kawakawavesi sector farmer, Bisesar said young men on canefarms in Seaqaqa found it tough to marry because women had their own demands.

Mr Bisesar said girls marrying into families on canefarms demanded that there be electricity and water in their new homes before they could marry.

"For most of us we cannot fulfil their wishes because there is no electricity and water in the area," he said.

"We have been crying for electricity and water for a long time to Government, but nothing has been done about our requests and as a result our children are now suffering."

Mr Bisesar said he was residing with his 37-year-old son who he was trying to marry away.

Dagau farmer Roshni Devi said parents could not blame the girls because they wanted to make family life easier for them.

Ms Devi said the electricity and water problem was an age old problem.

She said as a mother of four children she faced her share of difficulties during her time.

She is a widower who runs their family farm at Vunimako and resides with her son on their farm.

Another cane farmer Sumintra Wati said farmers in Labasa and Wainikoro had received electricity and water adding that farmers in Seaqaqa continued to be forgotten.

"Our youths are leaving the farms because they have to look for partners in town and remain in town because the farms do not have these amenities," she said.

"We don't blame them. We understand their choices.

"It is for the powers that be to understand these realities and do something about it," Mrs Wati said.

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