Vendors express relief

Usman Ali sells vegetables at Lautoka market. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE fear of being robbed in the dark haunted Usman Ali during the daylight saving period.

He had to travel to the Lautoka Municipal Market when it was still dark to purchase goods from farmers.

“I had to park my car a bit further and walk to the market and there were drunkards on the streets sometimes and this was so scary,” Mr Ali said.

“We have to come very early to the market to buy from farmers and I leave around 5am, it is unsafe especially on Saturday mornings. People then expect to buy from us in the afternoon, but by the time they come the market is already closed. People have the thinking that when it’s daylight saving, we closed late, but it’s not the case.”

Mr Ali, who has been a market vendor for the past 35 years, claimed daylight saving did not help in his business as everything seemed normal especially in terms of attracting customers.

Another market vendor, Avinesh Nand, expressed his relief that time had returned to normal.

He said the change in time did not benefit his market sales.

“I’m relieved it’s over as I’m tired of sleeping late and coming very early to the market in the morning. It is so stressful and the body too feels it,” Mr Nand claimed.

Meanwhile, daylight saving this year will begin on November 8.

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