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Wainunu farmer makes $600 in dalo sales

  A Wainunu farmer had an extra reason to be jolly yesterday raking in a $600 profit from his two-day dalo sales at the Labasa Market. “I am happy with
24 Dec 2017 11:00
Wainunu farmer makes $600 in dalo sales
Dalo farmer Taito Varinama at the Labasa market, on December 23, 2017. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

A Wainunu farmer had an extra reason to be jolly yesterday raking in a $600 profit from his two-day dalo sales at the Labasa Market.

“I am happy with the public turnout, for two days I was able to make a $600 profit,” said Taito Varinama of Wainunu in Bua.

Mr Varinama said dalo was the highest demand root crop at the local market this festive season. The price of root crops at the market ranged from $10-$25 a bundle.

“This is the busiest time for most of the market vendors especially the dalo farmers,” Mr Varinama said.

“Apart from other expenses, I have to put aside $100 to hire a truck to transport his crops to the market every Friday and Saturday, it costs me $50 one way for a truck.

“My produce has enabled me to support my family and my wife is helpful as she comes in on Friday and Saturday to help.

“I have sold out most of my dalo and vegetables.”

Another farmer, Pauliasi Turagamaivei said he was surprised with the demand from customers.

“Dalo in Labasa is cheap as there are a lot of vendors selling dalo,” he said. “Despite the competition, we have been making profits of up to $700. Like any other market vendor this is the busiest time for us.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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