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Buyers hesitant over pricey herds

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 22, 2012

THE scene at the Labasa Market was an attraction yesterday as a herd of goats and sheep lined the market ground for the annual Christmas sale.

Livestock farmers from communities in Macuata made their way down to sell their stock at the market which is a yearly practice.

They braved the hot Babasiga sun with their prized livestock as they waited for customers who were a bit reluctant to make purchases because of the high cost of the goats, sheep and ducks sold at the market.

Muanidevo farmer Nilesh Rao said he always sold his livestock at the market during the festive period after a year of rearing at his farm.

"This year alone I have brought in 100 goats, 18 ducks and four sheep which is the biggest count of livestock for me to sell at the market," said Mr Rao.

"This is always a good time to sell livestock as there are many functions and people are always looking out for fresh livestock during the festive season.

"We know the goats and sheep are expensive but people should understand that farmers are also trying to make a living and with the high cost of living we have to price our livestock at a high price too."

Mr Rao said even though the cost of the livestock was high people still bought them and that many of them were Fijians of Indian descent.

"It is funny to see Fijians of Indian descent come in big numbers to buy livestock for their Christmas and New Year's functions which is a show of the interracial relationship that has been forged between people of different races in our country."


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