FSC urges farmers to replant cane
June 5, 2018 4:55 am
The Fiji Sugar Corporation is urging farmers who were affected by Cyclones Josie and Keni to replant sugarcane on their fields to increase the yield.
FSC’s chief operating officer, Navin Chandra says some farms have been fully damaged and this can affect the harvest for this year and next year.
Chandra says under the farms CARE program, growers will be provided with funding to replant cane.
“The planting season is upon us till October and November, so there is a bit of time for us to get those farms which were completely damaged rehabilitated with cane planting grants so that the growers are not affected in terms of crop for next year.”
He says farmers now need to focus on the next harvesting season as well.
FSC had initially forecasted a 1.9 million tonnes of sugarcane harvest for this year but due to the recent floods, they are expecting a 1.7 million tonnes of harvest this year.