Fiji Time: 10:08 AM on Friday 23 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Features

Farmers lament future

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, June 18, 2017

THOSE in the cane belt areas of Vanua Levu are mostly between the ages of 40 and 60.

And they believe they will be the last generation to work in sugarcane farms.

In the northern area of Macuata — where no cane harvesters are present except for manpower — farmers are worried about the industry.

Taganikula farmer Satish Chand, 52, said: "We are the last generation in my family for this canefarming business and it is the same for a lot other farmers in this area.

"Most farmers are now old and our children have moved out of the farms and started their own families," he said.

"In my younger days, I was very interested in cane farming but my children are different.

"They want to be educated and want a different job and travel abroad to start new lives with their families."

Sohan Lal, a farmer at Natabe in Daku will retire from farming in five years' time because he has not made much profit.

"I have been a farmer for 25 years and as years go by, the cost of running a cane farm gets higher," he said.

"The transport cost is also high and other expenses that I do for my farming business. All my three children are educated and working in urban centres.

"I am alone in our farm so it's better for me to leave and stay with my children."

Other farmers in the area shared the same experience.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65260.6336
JPY 55.169052.1690
GBP 0.38510.3771
EUR 0.43830.4263
NZD 0.68450.6515
AUD 0.65120.6262
USD 0.49160.4746

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, June, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. FRA boss quits
  2. Suva to play Labasa tomorrow
  3. FDB wins Asian award
  4. Khan: No big fete
  5. Farmers: '$15 too much ... fix tramlines'
  6. EMS tender audit
  7. Allowance increase
  8. Katonitabua clarifies gravel royalties
  9. PM commissions solar system projects
  10. Umarji walks free

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radio host cleared of rape Tuesday (20 Jun)
  2. Band releases tribute to Radradra Sunday (18 Jun)
  3. Pastor denies claims Thursday (22 Jun)
  4. Youths earn $76,000 from grog harvest Sunday (18 Jun)
  5. For better, for worse, Burotu ties the knot Saturday (17 Jun)
  6. Electricity bills worry customers Monday (19 Jun)
  7. No terror link Tuesday (20 Jun)
  8. 4 dead Thursday (22 Jun)
  9. Under scrutiny Wednesday (21 Jun)
  10. Media boss in road accident inquiry Thursday (22 Jun)