Imported Cheaper Than Local
Tropical Cyclone Winston continues to leave scars behind for the people of Fiji especially those who are involved in the agriculture sector.
Some have even turned to selling 100% imported produce because they have said that buying imported fruits, dairy and vegetables is cheaper than buying local.
Nadi Market vendor Salesh Charlie Kumar from Malolo, Nadi used to sell local bananas at the Nadi market alongside other imported products but after the devastation he has turned to imports only.
“The prices for buying produce to sell in the markets have gone through the roof,” he said.
“I import all my produce from New Zealand now whereas beforehand I imported and sold local products. It’s impossible to find the same fruits and vegetables for the prices I once knew before Winston.
“The cyclone left so much damage behind and it was especially bad during the event since most of our products are imported.” He said the markets were shut down, shipping lanes were stopped and the ships just stopped coming in.
Business he said was much better before the cyclone.
“Now I can only hope for a swift recovery so that we all can get ourselves back on track”