Fiji Time: 4:38 PM on Saturday 18 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

Sugarcane farmer loses crops to fire

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, November 04, 2017

STOP lighting fires near sugarcane farms.

This was the plea from Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty as yet another farm lost crops to fire on Wednesday.

Sarat Chand, a canegrower in Drasa, Lautoka, fell victim to a fire from a neighbouring farm.

"The farmer was burning rubbish and because of strong winds, it spread into my farm and burnt more than nine acres of ratoon crops," he said.

"I lost a lot of money because I had just spent about $2000 in land preparation and fertiliser and there was also the money I would have earned from the harvest next year."

Mr Chetty said the number of cane farms and crops lost to burning was a concern.

"People are being irresponsible and lighting fires near cane farms that have recently been harvested and these are catching fire quite easily because of all the trash," he said.

"We are calling on people to be careful and responsible and not to light fires unnecessarily.

"It's a concern especially due to the dry season we are experiencing.

"The crop size is already down and the industry is trying its best to increase cane production."








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 0.62050.6015
JPY 55.545452.5454
GBP 0.36760.3596
EUR 0.41340.4014
NZD 0.71590.6829
AUD 0.64370.6187
USD 0.48830.4713

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th, November, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. A proud Fijian in Bonn
  2. Passion and pride
  3. Important test
  4. Dengue cases drop
  5. COP23: Tense finance negotiations delay close
  6. Labour to map out strategies for 2018 poll
  7. Broken crossings raise villagers' concerns
  8. Surgical team offers free ENT treatment
  9. Charting a course for change
  10. 18 artistes honoured

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fiji places second for Miss World 2017 talent Wednesday (15 Nov)
  2. COP23: France invite for Timoci Friday (17 Nov)
  3. Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours Sunday (12 Nov)
  4. Storer stands strong Sunday (12 Nov)
  5. Students holiday fares clarified Tuesday (14 Nov)
  6. Where there's a will... Thursday (16 Nov)
  7. Stunningly impressive Tuesday (14 Nov)
  8. Bati-mania Tuesday (14 Nov)
  9. Tighten defence Wednesday (15 Nov)
  10. Arnold pays Fiji a visit Monday (13 Nov)