Surveys carried out by the National Farmers Union have already reduced this year’s Labasa’s sugar crop from the forecast of 750,000 tonnes to 600,000 tonnes because of the drought.
And Union president Surendra Lal said they were expecting the forecast to be further reduced.
“However, our main worry is the crop for the next season because there are a lot of weak and unhealthy new seedlings,” Mr Lal said.
“Fresh vegetables are in short supply and expensive, but most farmers involved in market gardening are facing hardship through loss of income.
“Government will have to provide relief assistance to farmers if the situation continues to deteriorate.
“The people of Labasa are facing severe water cuts as the North battles its worst drought since the disaster that struck in 1997 to 1998.”
“In Bua, all the pastures are gone. Farmers used to grow three crops of rice a year under irrigation. They will lose out on an entire crop this year because of the lack of water,” Mr Lal said.
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