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Rainfall for the west

September 29, 2014 5:04 am

The rainfall currently being experienced around the country is a welcome sign after the prolonged dry spell that has gripped the western division.

The Nadi Weather Office says the rainy weather is expected to last 24 hours but is only brief showers.

More rainfall is needed to bring relief to the agriculture sector.

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Fiji Sugarcane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty says they can only hope more rain is forecast for the west to bring much needed relief for sugarcane farmers.

Chetty says heavy rain is needed for sugarcane farms so that next season’s crop is unaffected.

The weather office says the current condition is not a drought but a prolonged dry spell.

The worst drought to hit Fiji occurred in 1997-1998 with an estimated economical impact of $130 million.

Since then Fiji has experienced three drought seasons in 2002-2003 which was weak to moderate, 2006-2007 very weak and in 2009-20010 which was weak to moderate.

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