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Tue May 26, 2020, 06:50 AM

Farmers In Fiji Losing Sugar And Rice Productivity To Salt-Water Intrusion, Stagnant Floodwaters

For years, rice and cane farmers in Korovatu have lost thousands of dollars in income as well as good arable land to flooding and sea water intrusion.

Cane farmer Rishi Chand says about a decade ago, he used to produce 520 tonnes of cane annually but now, he is only producing around 420 tonnes of cane due to salt water intrusion.

He says other farmers who have been producing around 300 tonnes of cane now only produce less than 100 tonnes.

The farmers have also been subjected to heavy flooding, landslide and blockage of drains during heavy downpour. Chand says rainwater would be stagnant in their farms for long periods of time affecting their crops.



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