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High food prices to affect low income earners

Written By : EMOSI LASAQA. The recent rise in the prices of basic food items has a thunderous affect on the poor people in the country, says Nadi Chamber of
01 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : EMOSI LASAQA. The recent rise in the prices of basic food items has a thunderous affect on the poor people in the country, says Nadi Chamber of Commerce president Dr Ram Raju.
However, Mr Raju yesterday said inflation is something the people have to live with since there is no other way out for the economic crisis.
“The people have to learn to be prudent in their shopping now, save more money for the future and do some backyard farming to put food on the table,” he said.
Mr Raju said the rise in food prices is always expected and the recent drop in fuel price would hopefully put a halt on any other increase.
“The forecast by the Reserve Bank of Fiji is not good so the people of Fiji have to brace for the worst at the same time be positive in the face of this financial crisis.”
Mr Raju said the only hope for the economy lies in the performance of the tourism industry.
He said increases in tourist arrivals would be a great boost for the economy after a drop in the production of sugar last year.
“The members of the Nadi Chamber of Commerce are advised to be judicious in their planning and be optimistic when facing turbulence along the way.”
Mr Raju said the launch of their website late last year will project Nadi as the main business centre in Fiji.
“The response so far have been great but we will see how it goes and hopefully business owners in Nadi will support this cause”
Meanwhile, Mr Raju said the Roads Department has to do something to the pathetic condition of the Denarau junction.
The call came after a tourist suffered multiple body injuries when she was thrown out off her scooter after hitting a pothole at the Denarau junction on Monday.
He said they have written to the authorities on the matter and are expecting quick action from the road department.
“The intersection is the only way to Denarau and is the first place tourists sees when going to the island so it should be in good condition”
Mr Raju said there is also need for a bus shelter in the area as commuters have to brave the elements when waiting for their transport to the island in the recent years.
He added Nadi being a main tourism hub in the country need proper road condition for the sake of our visitors.




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