Farms go up in flames


Farms go up in flames

20 July 2013

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Fiji — BUSHfires intentionally caused by few individuals have led to the destruction of sugarcane farms in the Western Division and in other parts of the country.

This revelation by the NFA has the Sugar Cane Growers Council concerned.

SCGC acting CEO Sundresh Chetty said about 40 members of the council reported their farms were destroyed by bushfires.

“It is very worrying to us because these are the livelihoods of these farmers and they are losing their hard-earned money,” he said.

“For instance a farmer who usually supplies 20 tonnes of sugar would be losing about $20,000.

“The quality of the sugar also deteriorates when burnt cane is crushed and the amount of sugar cane produced by the affected farmers is less than what they would normally harvest.”

He said most of the cases reported to the council were alleged arson cases.

“Most of them are caused by people and we have referred these cases to the police.

“It’s very worrying that people would do such things and we hope that the authorities deal with these cases appropriately.

“I would also urge those who are carrying these acts to stop doing this because this is affecting a lot of our growers and the sugarcane industry as a whole.”

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