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Residents complain of expensive items

Luke Rawalai
Friday, March 07, 2014

TAVEUNI residents are complaining about the expensive cost of goods in shops and canteens on the island.

Waitavala resident Alipate Turaga said the price of items and foodstuff was high and unreasonable.

Mr Turaga said it was difficult to buy processed food sold in shops.

"Most of the time we see the Commerce Commission doing their assessment in shops on the island," he said.

"I think that they are just wasting their time and they are turning a blind eye to the real problem we face here.

"Shopkeepers and canteen operators are taking advantage of the situation and pricing their goods anyway they see fit to fill their pockets."

Waimaqera resident Sanjana Prasad said they had to travel a long distance to Naqara Shopping Centre to do their shopping every month.

"Sometimes we have to stay without food items such as meat, biscuits, and tinned food which is often counted as a change to our normal diet in the farms because they are just too expensive," she said.

"The authorities should do something about the matter because I feel these shopkeepers are just robbing us off our money.

"The current practise by shopkeepers and canteen operators is pure robbery and a crime."

Meanwhile, questions sent to Commerce Commission chairman Mahendra Reddy on Monday remain unanswered.

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