GOVERNMENT has allocated $200,000 for the upgrading of the Sigatoka market this year.
This was revealed during a visit by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to the Sigatoka Municipal Market last week.
Special administrator Jay Whyte and provincial administrator Peni Koro accompanied the Prime Minister, who expressed concern about the state of the market where sellers were forced to sell their produce in very congested areas.
"After the upgrading of the market, wholesalers and retailers will now have better facilities to use in providing hygienic and healthy selling facilities to their customers," Mr Koro said.
"The Prime Minister's visit also reiterates government's commitment towards our farmers who contribute to the nation's economy and especially Sigatoka which is a known producer and exporter of fresh fruits and vegetables."
Mr Koro said Sigatoka was the biggest exporter of fruits and vegetables exporting about 90 per cent of Fiji's export produce such as pawpaw, eggplant, cucumber, cabbage, and okra.
Commodore Bainimarama also visited the new site of the proposed Sigatoka Bus Stand, which would be located behind Meenoos Fashions and the ANZ Bank.
"Currently, the town has seen an influx of bus services and with record number of tourists arriving, the town council feels that it needs a new site for the bus stand.
"The new bus stand will also ensure minimal disruptions to shop operators, customers and other Fijians who use the town centre for business purposes," Mr Koro said.