Market Vendor Explains Her Prices
Prices in any market fluctuate accordingly for the crops and vegetables, says Lautoka market vendor, Seinimili Adivulasi.
Ms Adivulasi has been a market vendor for 15 years now and she says people always complain about the hike in prices of vegetables in the market but forget to understand the cost incurred by the vendors.
“Prices change when the need arises only to ensure that the vendors cost is covered and consumers should be aware that we’re in the post cyclone Winston,” she said.
The mother of five enjoys her time with her husband selling crops and vegetables at the Lautoka market.
“It has become my habit to come to the market every day, meet friends, new people and also family. We sell cassava, dalo, kumala, lemon, chillies and whatever more we plant or buy.”
She travels three days a week to Rakiraki to buy the crops which include sweet potatoes, dalo and cassava.
“I go to Rakiraki early in the morning to buy vegetables and crops and return to sell it in the market here,” she said.
She mentioned that the prices of the root crops were high, and as per that was the price she and other market vendors set at Lautoka market.
“Now a bag of cassava costs me $80 to $100 and kumala is even more expensive at least $120 a bag. I have to sell what I buy and earn a few dollars extra for myself.”
Prices at her stall:
1 Bundle dalo – $25
2 Cassava – $10 – $5 per heap
3 Chillies – $2
4 Kumala- $7 per heap