Vegetable prices hike as supply runs low

Market vendor Jagendra Naidu at his stall at the Lautoka Municipal Market. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Market vendor Jagendra Naidu at his stall at the Lautoka Municipal Market. Picture: REINAL CHAND

PRICES of vegetables at the Lautoka Municipal Market has hiked and the increase has been attributed to the recent flooding experienced in the Western Division.

Atishma Kappor, 45, a market vendor from Tavarau in Ba, said the situation was punishing because shoppers were not willing or could not afford the high prices.

“Due to the cyclone we have been badly affected, it’s like there isn’t any vegetables to sell,” she said.

Ms Kappor said she usually raked in $100 per day from the sale of produce.

That income dropped significantly since the onset of bad weather two weeks ago.

According to Ms Kappor, a bag of cucumber is now sold for $130.

“We always buy cucumbers for $35 a sack but now it’s $130, it is very hard.

“We have to sell it at $5 per heap, if not we will not get any profit.

“Other vegetables like bele and dalo leaves are expensive as well.”

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