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Dry Spell Affects Vegetables In Labasa Market

Dry Spell Affects Vegetables In Labasa Market
Shalen Kumar (right) with Dharmendra Prasad selling vegetables at Labasa market. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU
July 22
15:10 2016

Dry spell is affecting vegetable supply at Labasa market.

Shalen Kumar of Nagigi, Labasa, has selling vegetables at the market for 30 years. He predicts that in coming weeks the price of vegetables will increase.

“The recent change in weather all over Vanua Levu will surely be affecting the vegetable supply,” Mr Kumar said.

“Some suppliers told me that suddenly some bugs are eating vegetable leaves.”

He said when went to the market at 5am to buy vegetables from the farmers who came from very far distance, they were selling at a very high price.

“I have no choice but to purchase since I have to keep my business running.”

“So when supplies sell at a high price, the market vendors have to sell at the same price or a little bit higher prices to meet tour costs,” the 40-year-old said.

He said this was not new to him just as like other market vendors and they knew that changes in season had an impact on vegetable supply.

“We are all hoping that this dry spell finishes quickly.”

Despite a change in the vegetable supply, the father of three children is enjoying his business as he’s the boss of his own business.

“I can sell which ever type of vegetables I want and close my business whenever I like to.”

He said he had his own vehicle so transportation was not an issue.

The busiest days of the week are Friday, Saturday and Monday.

In those days he said he would get more from his sales.

The prices for his vegetables are as follows:-

Cucumber- $2 a heap

Cabbage- $1.50

Bora Bean- $3.50

Okra- $1

Butter bean- $1

French bean- $1

Egg plant- $1

Dhaniya- $1

Radish- $1

Ginger- $1

Tomato- $1

Chauraiya Bhaji- $1


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