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Market Vendors Undergo Workshop

Market Vendors Undergo Workshop
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August 14
09:36 2014

Nadi market vendors went through a hygiene awareness programme at the Nadi market yesterday.

The workshop aimed to improve key services to agriculture, improving incomes, strengthening communities and impacting lives.

The ultimate goal of the workshop was income generation through alternative livelihoods for poverty alleviation.

“The workshop was themed “Hygiene awareness for fresh fruit and vegetable markets”.

Malti Devi, who has been a vendor at the market for 20 years, said the workshop was informative and helpful for the vendors.

“This is a good opportunity for us vendors to know of hygiene practices to ensure the sale of quality fruits and vegetables,” said Ms Devi.

“This will create awareness of our surroundings in the market.”

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have put in place this programme, which is funded by the European Union.

The workshop at the market is part of the series of food safety interventions under the project with an overall objective to bringing awareness to the food industry.

It is being conducted in sample markets as a prototype with an objective to evaluate the effectiveness of the training before and after.

Dr Namrata Wakhoo, a representative from ITC, said hygiene in the market is important to ensure good sales for the vendors.

“This prevents illnesses and ensures healthy citizens and a healthy country,” said Dr Wakhoo.

The workshop targeted vendors of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh juices, roti parcel carts, market master, meter officers, waste disposal contractor and inspectors.



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