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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.

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