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Development : $4.79M Market To Bring Relief To Nadi Vendors

Nausori florist Unaisi Adimate will not have to sit in the sun to sell flowers after the $4.79 million new Namaka Market in Nadi  is built. She will also no
28 Sep 2017 13:18
Development : $4.79M Market To Bring Relief To Nadi Vendors
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala with happy vendors at the Namaka Market on September 27, 2017. Photo: Kathrin Krishna.

Nausori florist Unaisi Adimate will not have to sit in the sun to sell flowers after the $4.79 million new Namaka Market in Nadi  is built.

She will also no longer need to travel to Lautoka market to use the market accommodation there.

The new market complex will also provide accommodation.

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala yesterday performed the ground breaking ceremony.

“I have been travelling from Nine Miles near Nausori to sell flowers at Namaka the last three years every week,” Ms Adimate said.

“I used to sell flowers outside as there was not enough space in the previous market,” she said.

“I will also soon save more money because before I used to use market accommodation in Lautoka, travelling there and back before returning to Suva after my flowers are sold.”

Loata Uluivutia, 47, of Waqadra, Nadi said she was excited and was looking forward to moving into the new market facility.

“We used to sell our produce outside in the sun and used to get wet when it rained,” Ms Uluivutia said.

“I am happy that this will not be the case anymore soon.”

Mr Bala said that the United Nations Women donated $200,000 for the new makeover.

The new facility will accommodate another 355 vendor stalls in addition to the existing 221 stalls.

There is also an accommodation centre with 48 beds including basic accommodation facilities.

There will also be two food outlets with a 38-seating capacity.

The new facility also has provisions for the disabled.

“This Government has strongly bolstered the market projects because it underlines the growing importance and demand for linking Fiji’s economic growth with agricultural development,” Mr Bala said.

“Projects as this market will ensure that our growth is not just focusing on overseas markets but also to our own Fijian consumers,” he said.

“This junction spot will help buyers and sellers easily find each other and under the right conditions for efficient transactions.”

Mr Bala confirmed that the new Namaka Market facility would introduce rainwater harvesting with a capacity to store up to 20,000 litres.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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