Rice storage house for northern farmers

72-year-old Visisun Deo works in his rice field in Waiqele, Labasa. Fiji. Picture: FT FILE

RICE farmers no longer need to worry about crop storage at their irrigation farms in Macuata.

Construction for a new storage house at the irrigation farm in Dreketi has started.

Fiji Rice Ltd north manager Ashrit Pratap said the storage house would be the first for farmers in the area.

“In the past, they have always stored their own rice paddy and this became a challenge for many farmers especially during rainy days,” he said.

“Sometimes the paddy gets wet at their house because they didn’t have proper storage and this had some impacts.

“The farmers who had no proper storage room used to pile the sacks of paddy outside their house and cover it with tarpaulin and sacks and this also affected the crop during rainy days.”

The new storage house, Mr Pratap said would open this year and farmers could store their paddy in the storage house.

For the new mills, he said it now had a capacity of processing 4000 tonnes of paddies.

“This will certainly increase production level as the new mills process more tonnage of rice paddies now compared with the past years,” he said.

“Our rice farmers will benefit in many ways and we are here to assist them in any way we can.”

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