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New Market Provides New Opportunities

“Any investment, big or small, is welcomed by the Government and this is one project that we welcome.”
17 Aug 2022 16:39
New Market Provides New Opportunities
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala (left) with vendor, Lilian Foster, Dike King holding, Rylee Foster following the official opening of the Nature’s Market in Waiyavi, Lautoka on August 13, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Lilian Foster, a Waiyavi, Lautoka resident is grateful for the construction of a new vegetable and fish market by Government and The Hub executives. Situated behind the shopping complex, handicraft vendors will soon, also sell their craft.

Nature’s Market, which was officially opened by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala on Saturday, is an additional investment for Lautoka’s newest shopping complex – The Hub.

The investment situated at the back of the shopping complex will also cater handicraft vendors.

The vegetable, fruits and kava market area holds 84 stalls while another six stalls will be used by the vendors to sell their fish produce.

 

There are free parking spaces for its customers. The mother-of-four children said it was a timely opportunity for all Waiyavi residents, especially the vendors who would normally sell their produce in the area.

“At times I would sell whatever vegetables I grew in my garden from home,” she said.

“We are so thankful for this market that is just a walk away from home for me and my family.”

Mr Bala said the new development would benefit many families in the nearby communities.

“In other words it is in line with Government’s policy to bring the service to the doorsteps of all Fijians and this is exactly what this development will do” he said.

“Any investment, big or small, is welcomed by the Government and this is one project that we welcome.”

 

He congratulated The Hub executive director, Rajend Nath for his confidence in expanding his developments and creating opportunities to allow more Fijians to secure employment.

The chairman for the Special Administrators, Lautoka and Ba highlighted that the project was an exciting one bringing the much needed services for the highly populated area.

The next project at The Hub will include a car wash and future plans for an amusement centre which will have the latest rides.

Nature’s Market director, Ragni Devi confirmed that some stalls had been secured while the others were still vacant. Interested vendors wishing to sell their produce at the Waiyavi-based market can contact Ms Devi on 9530341.

The market is open daily from 7am to 8pm.

 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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