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Rakiraki: More Businesses Open In Agriculture Focused Town

More bigger towns since COVID-19 are now focusing on agriculture to keep them afloat. Not Rakiraki, says Epeli Uqeuqe. The Rakiraki Town Council enforcement officer said Rakiraki has always been
27 Nov 2020 11:29
Rakiraki: More Businesses Open In Agriculture Focused Town
Kiosk businesses in Rakiraki Town. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

More bigger towns since COVID-19 are now focusing on agriculture to keep them afloat.

Not Rakiraki, says Epeli Uqeuqe.

The Rakiraki Town Council enforcement officer said Rakiraki has always been agriculture based and is why they have been so stable financially.

Mr Uqeuqe said that while other towns were more previously focused on other industries, Rakiraki had been built on agriculture.

“Now that everyone else is heavily focusing on agriculture, Rakiraki is taking advantage of that.”

“There have been more businesses remaining open this year compared to last year.”

Mr Uqeuqe has been involved with town work even before officially Rakiraki became a town 10 years ago.

He said there are 211 businesses now and more still planning to open.

It was very obvious when COVID-19 hits, how towns like Nadi felt the brunt of it.

The Breaddeck Kiosl. Photo: Susana Hirst Tuilau

The Bread Deck Kiosk. Photo: Susana Hirst Tuilau

“Not Rakiraki.”

“Over the past few months more businesses have opened up.”

“This is not including micro and small. This is kiosks, stores, shops and sorts.”

The Ra native said he was not only proud to be amongst it but to see how a little town has managed to stay afloat and soar to greater heights.

There have been at least 20 more businesses who have taken the prime spots available.

These are from bakeries, canteens, electricals, barbers, salons and ladies selling tea and pie.

Household names like Jack’s of Fiji and Gokals have even joined the lot.

He said most of these businesses were influenced by agriculture.

Sugarcane and vegetable farmers who were now exploring options to invest further.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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