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Precious income taken away from farmers

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, May 17, 2014

A VILLAGE headman in Ra believes middlemen are taking away precious income from farmers.

Nawairuku headman Waisea Nagonelevu said buyers travel to their villages with the aim to buy crops and vegetables at a cheaper price.

"They come to our village because most of us don't have enough money to travel all the way to Rakiraki town," he said.

"Most of us have been farming all our lives so this is our main income earner."

He said the middlemen would buy a large bundle of dalo for $10 to $15.

"And when they go and sell it to the market, they sell it for more than $20.

"We just feel like they're taking a lot more from us when they do that because they are not the ones working the fields to grow those crops and vegetables."

Mr Nagonelevu said the cost of travelling to Rakiraki was expensive and left them with no option but to sell to middlemen who came in their own transport.

The village headman said about 20 farmers from the district of Lawaki and 30 more from neighbouring Nasau district faced similar problems.

"I think there should be some kind of regulation put in place to stop this kind of dealing."

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