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Middleman Enjoys Market Life

Lautoka Market middleman Setareki Vurai is originally from Drekena in Rewa and is enjoying selling at the market. Speaking to the Fiji Sun he said he moved to Lautoka in
18 Aug 2017 11:00
Middleman Enjoys Market Life
Setareki Vurai at his table at Lautoka Market on August 17, 2017. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

Lautoka Market middleman Setareki Vurai is originally from Drekena in Rewa and is enjoying selling at the market.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun he said he moved to Lautoka in 2011 to live with a close family and made friends with some people around a bowl of yaqona at the market.

He said in one of their grog sessions he told them that he wanted to be a market vendor.

“I did not know that my grog partners were farmers and had sold their crops and vegetables to the vendors,” he said.

Mr Vurai said he was shocked to hear of their support and they offered to give all that he wanted to start at the market.

With what little money he had he bought a table.

He started off with vegetables and then moved on to crops.

“My friends help by bringing customers to buy at my table.”

Now Mr Vurai had paid off what he got from the farmers and was buying from them.

He said there was a big drop after Tropical Cyclone Winston because most of the farmers he was buying from were badly affected.

However he said things were back to normal a year after TC Winston for the vegetables and a year later the crops.

He said they were now having another problem and this is the long dry season affecting the country.

Because there is a drop in production from the farmers, Mr Vurai said they had raised their prices for crops and vegetables.

The market vendors he said were also raising their prices to the customers.

For Mr Vurai whatever money he got he helped in paying their bills.

He said his best days were Friday and Saturday as consumers usually flocked to his table to buy whatever he was selling.



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