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Food Prices Go Up In Suva Market

Vendor Dobui says recent flooding has caused a price hike   The recent flood has had an impact on many people, directly and indirectly. That impact has also trickled down
24 Dec 2016 11:00
Food Prices Go Up In Suva Market
Timaima Dobui by her bundles of taro leaves selling for $3 a bundle. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Vendor Dobui says recent flooding has caused a price hike

 

The recent flood has had an impact on many people, directly and indirectly.

That impact has also trickled down to the price of food in the market.

Suva market vendor, Timaima Dobui, believes that the impact of flooding, just like Tropical Cyclone Winston did, caused a price hike on some of the food items available at the market.

“Because of this, I would have to increase my vegetable prices by $1 or $2,” the 42-year-old mother of three said.

“One bag of pumpkins and mangoes would now cost $50 or $60, but before it would cost $30. The rourou (taro leaves) was $10 for one dozen, but now it’s $20.”

She believes the price of vegetables would also depend on the farmers.

She does not have her own farm, but buys produce from farmers in Baulevu and Nadroga.

Before she would sell rourou for $1, but because of the price hike, she has to sell a bundle for $3.

When asked whether she would increase her prices further next week, she said it would depend on the prices that the farmers give.

As for discounts, she said she would usually give them that option.

“Like for rourou, if it’s $3 then I will sell it for $2.50,” she said.

Ms Dobui sells at the Suva Municipal Market from Monday to Saturday. She has been a vendor at the market for the past seven years.

She currently lives in Cunningham and is thankful to God that her area is not prone to flooding.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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