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New Extension Will Accommodate At Least 200 Vendors

Vendors at the Lautoka Market who sell outside the municipal market building, will benefit from an extended facility next month. Government has provided $0.5 million to the Lautoka City Council
07 Oct 2015 11:41
New Extension Will Accommodate At Least 200 Vendors
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar (right), with the Lautoka City Council members

Vendors at the Lautoka Market who sell outside the municipal market building, will benefit from an extended facility next month.

Government has provided $0.5 million to the Lautoka City Council through the Challenge Fund to extend the existing market and construct a proper shed to accommodate at least 200 vendors.

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar, had earlier said the market extension works were done in such a way that it provided more space for vendors and the public.

The council’s chief executive officer, Jone Nakauvadra, said the extension works started last year and they were looking at opening it early next month.

“The vendors used to sell their produce on the ground and they were not protected from sunshine or rainy conditions. The extended market will ensure vendors, as well as their produce, are protected. Construction works are in the finishing stages and we hope to get the facility ready by the end of this month,” he said.

The $1.5 million market extension will benefit vendors and farmers from Wainibuka, Ra, Nadarivatu, Navosa and the Yasawa Islands.

“Extension works on the municipal market is done in partnership with UN Women, which has provided a funding of $400,000 and the rest was contributed by the city council,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

“Lautoka Municipal Market is the Western Division’s largest market, which caters at least 600 vendors. Once complete, all vendors will get equal opportunities to do business in a conducive environment and progress economically.”

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