WOMEN market vendors in Rakiraki took a break earlier this week from selling their produce to share with the Minister for Local Government Colonel Samuela Saumatua the issues faced in their daily trade.
Rakiraki Town Council interim special administrator Seini Vunivutu-Raiko said the women welcomed the opportunity to voice their concerns and lauded Col. Saumatua for taking the initiative to visit them.
"This was at the minister's own initiative in having an informal chat with the women vendors in light of the various upgrades and assistance that had been offered by government and the donor agencies for the Partners Improving Markets project," she said.
"The main issue raised by the women vendors was the difficulty experienced for outside sales during flooding as the rainy season has already started.
"The minister assured them that the market upgrade which was scheduled to begin on January 7, 2013 would address most of the outdoor vending issues raised," she said.
The upgrades at the Rakiraki Municipal Market will see three new sections being established for vegetables, food and root crops and a flea market.
A women vendors overnight accommodation centre catering to long distance travellers was opened in October this year.