Fiji Time: 2:55 PM on Thursday 28 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Weather affects vegetable prices

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

CONTINUOUS wet weather conditions in the North have affected the vegetable supply.

Market vendors in Labasa had witnessed a shortage of vegetables over the past three weeks.

Vendor Seci Koroimudu said that although supply had dropped, they had not been able to sell vegetables at a good price.

"We have to sell at the same price of mostly $1 a heap because the customers complain when the price is high," he said.

"And the customers complain because it is the season for eggplants and vegetables like long bean, and increasing the price is quite difficult.

"The middlemen have increased their prices but we can't because we want to keep our customers."

Mr Koroidumu said middlemen usually sold long beans for $1.80 for a bundle but this had increased to $2.

"If we put up the price then it will be $2.30 so it can sell. If we sell at $2.50, then it's hard," he said.

Fellow vendor Rohit Kumar said supply had been low.

"I used to order about 50 bundles of long beans for Fridays and Saturdays but now I can only get 35 and if I am lucky, 40," he said.

"But even with the low supply, I have to cut down the amount of vegetables in a pile and sell at the same price.

"I need to make money myself."

Another vendor Sushila Devi said the wet weather had affected her sales at the Labasa market.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64250.6235
JPY 51.950448.9504
GBP 0.36730.3593
EUR 0.44050.4285
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65390.6289
USD 0.48920.4722

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Chilling out in Chile
  2. Tourist 'was reckless'
  3. Priced out
  4. Rent price concerns
  5. Missing livestock mystery
  6. Ministry to upskill teachers
  7. $30m dividend record
  8. Row over clean-up
  9. 10-year jail term for sex exploitation
  10. Festival organisers set program for weekend hype

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  8. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  9. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)