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Ilisapeci Tinanisigabalavu
Friday, February 23, 2018

SHANAL Sivan is a former journalist. He spent a few years in the two major television companies in the country before opting to take up the challenge to run for this year's general election.

Sivan is married to Shireen, also a former radio and television journalist now a senior public relations officer at the Housing Authority of Fiji.

He has opted out of the media to enter politics in the hope that he would be able to help Fijians living in poverty.

The couple spends $200 on their fortnightly grocery shopping.

They prefer to shop at the Nausori Municipal Market.

"In Nausori, Shireen and I think we get the produce directly from the farmers and there is no exchange of multiple hands. When you look at the vendor you will know if he or she really did grow the produce they are selling. In Nausori there are a lot of vendors who are first-hand farmers and grow organic," he said.

The couple do not shop at a specific supermarket and weigh their options depending on weekly specials.

Their shopping list consists of basic food items such as rice, sugar, canned food, spices, organics and toiletries.

"We use technology when going to the supermarkets, literally!

We both subscribe to all the major supermarkets' social media pages and on Thursday mornings or early Friday mornings we receive the latest specials and updates on our mobile phones.

"We have subscribed to New World IGA, Shop & Save, MH and RB Patel supermarket pages on Facebook.

It is really handy and then we make informed choices based on what the supermarket giants have to offer," he said.

One thing is sure Sivan urges shoppers to use devices available to them to shop smart.

Shanal Sivan's Shopping Tips;

nBe tech-savvy — everyone is on social media. If you're not, I'm sure your children or anyone from the household would be, ask them to subscribe to supermarket pages.

On Thursdays or even Fridays browse through the specials and then make informed choices.

nAt the local market, ask the vendor the origin of the produce — how it was grown. We ignore this many times and the harsh pesticides used on our food can have deadly effects on the lives of our loved ones.

* Go Tebara! Shop at the Nausori Market if you want organic fresh produce and the best kai from Baulevu.

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