From the experience of our Fijian family over two generations, many of the young people do not want to be cane-farmers but to have different jobs and also some have gone overseas to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England and do a variety of jobs or take up study opportunities. There's so little money to be made in cane-farming these days so I'm not surprised that the Labasa Mill isn't getting the tons of cane expected. In a village a few will plant and others will take up employment for a weekly wage and generally will support the whole village according to their wishes or talents. Perhaps some coast along for the ride as well watching sunrise and sunset without contributing much at all.
From today's Fiji Times: