Sources say the National Farmers Union, the political arm of the Fiji Labour Party has been visiting cane farming areas pleading to farmers for support.
They say that former Labour Members of Parliament are telling farmers that it is very important to save the Sugar Cane Growers Council.
The Growers Council, which has been the umbrella body of farmers for the last 24 years, has been scrapped by the interim regime.
But sources say most farmers are not convinced by NFU's tactics and blame the NFU
for the demise of the Council that was under their control since the 2006 coup.
Cane farmers have been the backbone of Chaudhry's support for the last 10 years but sources say this is now fast waning.
We have been reliably informed that Mahendra Chaudhry is sending his men to gauge support before he decides to orchestrate a sugarcane harvest boycott next year.