STRUGGLING FIJI SUGAR FARMERS TURNING TO GROWING MARIJUANA

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 2, 2002 - The Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji sugarcane farmers have turned to growing marijuana as a source of income as problems in the country's crucial sugar industry escalate.

Senior Superintendent of Police Romanu Tikotikoca confirmed the marijuana growing yesterday as police raided a cane farm, arrested a farmer and his son and confiscated 160 marijuana plants.

National Farmers Union executive Sanjeev Maharaj blamed poor mill management, uncertainty over the renewal of land leases and the high costs involved in cane farming.

"Farmers are desperate. They need money to support their families," he said.

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