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Vegies in short supply

Salaseini Mocewai
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

VEGETABLE shortage in the Savusavu Market has resulted in vendors ordering their supplies from Viti Levu.

The shortage has also resulted in increased prices of vegetables and fruits.

Raj Kumar, who supplies fruits and vegetables to hotels in the North said he has had to order his supplies from Suva.

"I have to order some fruits and vegetables from the companies in Viti Levu that have constantly supplied these products and it is because I can't afford to lose my customers especially the hoteliers," Mr Kumar said.

"I also sell the vegetables and fruits to my local customers but I have to increase the price so I can cover expenses.

"The continuous wet weather has also affected supply of vegetables to the market."

Mr Kumar said farmers supplying fruits from around Vanua Levu had also dropped in quantity and were not able to fully supply the market.

"These farmers are also facing problems with the wet weather so we have to make up with the rest of the supply from Viti Levu.

"Lettuce that I used to sell for $4 or $5 a kilogram is now $8 per kg.

"I have to increase the price because of the shortage and need to make sure that all my customers continue to receive their supply."