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Council sets up stalls for physically challenged

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FOSTERING inclusiveness, the Labasa Town Council has set aside market stalls for people living with disabilities to sell their farm produces from.

In his presentation at a farmers consultation this week, market manager Shalendra Kumar said this was all part of efforts to recognise the potential of such people.

"This also enhances the economic growth of the council and also benefits people living with disabilities in terms of generating income for them," Mr Kumar said.

"The council protects the interest of these people by providing the stalls for their farm produce.

"Currently, there are three vendors who are doing their businesses at the market and one of them is on a wheelchair, one is at the handicraft stall and the other one is at the vegetable stall.

"Other people living with disabilities who are interested in selling their produce at the market can always approach us and we will arrange a stall for them."

Meanwhile, Mr Kumar said they had noticed an increase in the number of people selling their farm produce from house to house.

"This is a threat to the businesses of vendors at the market. People go from one house to another selling their produce without carrying any licence and this is illegal.

"It's only proper for people to obtain a licence if they want to sell on the streets or from house to house if not, they will be dealt with when they are caught."

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