Sugar industry: A source of livelihood for Fijian farmers for decades

Shri Lata, the Rakiraki cane farmer who manages 15 acres of sugarcane plantation that produces 300 tonnes of sugarcane annually. Picture: SHANTI DUT

THE sugar industry has been a source of livelihood for many Fijian families for decades.

This week, the Shanti Dut brings you in-depth coverage on Fiji’s sugar industry – highlighting the plight, sacrifices, successes and aspirations of sugarcane farmers.

We spoke to farmers such as Shri Lata, who is a role model for other female farmers in Rakiraki, western Fiji.

Ms Lata stays alone and manages a 15-acre sugarcane plantation that produces 300 tonnes of sugarcane annually.

And we also bring to you an inspirational story of 16-year-old Saahil Chandra, who pursues farming as a hobby apart from his studies.

Read this and more in your Shanti Dut that hits the shelves today.

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