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Sugar cane is not sweet for Chand

Luisa Qiolevu
Monday, June 19, 2017

THE struggle is indeed real for 53-year-old Anil Chand as he works hard to meet his wife's demands.

Mr Chand owns a 40 acre land where he plants his cane in Vunicuicui and has been a farmer for about 30 years now struggles to keep his wife.

"I am afraid my wife will leave me because it's after 20 years and I don't have water and electricity in my house because I can't afford to pay for its installments," he said.

Mr Chand said he can't even buy himself a pair of boots to wear out in the cane farms.

"I have no shoes, I walk barefoot to the cane and to town and you can just imagine what my wife is going through right now," he said.

"I have a lot of deductions and payments to make which is why I can't afford to buy new shoes and get electricity and water in my house and my wife has already told me that she will leave me because I have no money."

Mr Chand said he has two daughters and both are married.

"I can't ask my daughters to help me because they have their own family to care for," he said.

"If Government can help increase the price of cane so I can fix the electricity and water in our house just so my wife doesn't leave."

Mr Chand joined other farmers in Bulileka area so they can help one other during harvesting.

"I can't afford to hire labourers which is why I have joined up with other farmers so we can help cut cane together. In this way I am able to save extra cash to save up for electricity and water," he said.

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