Vendors struggle

FARMERS and market vendors in Seaqaqa have started feeling the effects of the dry weather, which has affected the growth of farm produce.

Sukhu Raji, a vendor at the Seaqaqa market, said her daily income had dropped.

“Earlier this year, before the drought started, I used to earn $40 to $50 a day but after the drought started, it has dropped to about $25 a day and if I am lucky, then $30,” she said.

“It is just difficult because the crops are smaller in size and the colours are not appealing at all.

“So we have to keep the price low just like other times but cut the quantity of each vegetable pile.”

Another vendor Niumai Vaukoso said she used to sell a pile of three big capsicums for $1.

“But now, I have to put five small capsicums together and sell for $1 and it’s a loss,” she said.

“There is hardly any water in the creeks back in our villages and we hope to get more rain. We need it to help our vegetables grow well because our business depends on that.”