The cane lands of Fiji lie mainly along the seaboard from the southwest to the northwest coast of Viti Levu and in Labasa and Seaqaqa areas of Vanua Levu. Most of the sugar cane comes from small farms worked by individual growers. Over 75,000 hectares are cultivated for sugar cane on the two main islands by about 17,245 farmers. Their present average holdings are about 4.4 hectares each. This system of smallholder farming has played an important part in the economic and social stability of Fiji.