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Mandarin Seller Overcomes Challenges

Selling mandarins is not as easy as it seems. Kadavu native with maternal links to Draubuta in Tailevu Setareki Vakayadra says preparing mandarins to sell take a lot of time
25 May 2018 11:00
Mandarin Seller Overcomes Challenges
Setareki Vakayadra (left), and Manoa Vugalei with their produce at Nabua, Suva on May 23, 2018. Photo: Taraivini Seru

Selling mandarins is not as easy as it seems.

Kadavu native with maternal links to Draubuta in Tailevu Setareki Vakayadra says preparing mandarins to sell take a lot of time and patience.

“First they are handpicked from trees and then carefully selected for the market,” Mr Vakayadra said.

“It is a fussy fruit for the fact that if it is bruised no one would like to buy it. So you have to be careful when you  are picking them,” he said.

Mr Vakayadra believes the produce he prepares need to be of a high standard to provide sufficient revenue for the business and meet his customers’ expectations.

The 59-year-old sells mandarin and cassavas as a primary source of income for the family.

“To sell the goods, the produce are sent from my farm at Draubuta in Tailevu (maternal side of the family) and I sell them at the roadside in Nabua,’ he said.

“I do this to support my family, especially for providing for my own needs.

“We come to Nabua, on Mondays and we set up for selling the oranges from Monday to Saturday.

He usually hires a carrier to bring two sacks of oranges from Tailevu to Nabua.

The transport costs are factored into his pricing his produce before selling them.

“It all really depends on the season. If the season is good for the mandarin then it’s good for us. That’s why we also depend on getting and selling bananas,” he said.

“I have also found other challenges that have contributed to my business. Challenges include weather conditions.

He said the market location in Nabua was an ideal location as it was accessible to his customers and traffic.

“I do like my job and what I’m doing, I get to come here, sell my fruits meet and interact with a lot of people,” he said.

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