Farmer suffers $20k loss

Imtiaz Khan shows the damage done to his crop at Nabitu, in Sigatoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

A large-scale farmer in Kavanagasau, Sigatoka says he has lost $20,000 worth of vegetables during the recent floods.

Imtiaz Khan of Nabitu settlement has been a large-scale grower for the past decade and he says most of his vegetables were ready to be harvested, but have all gone to waste in the past five days of flooding.

“Eggplant, corn, kumala and other vegetables are matured and ready for export, but the floodwaters took everything away,” he said.

“It is a lot of work gone to waste, but we can’t do much because flooding is something that happens here whenever there is a few days of heavy rain.

“All I can do now is to restart all over again and clean up all that was left behind by the flood.”

Mr Khan said most of his vegetables were ready for export.

He has also pleaded with the Agriculture Ministry to provide them with seedlings that could help them start all over again in the coming weeks.

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