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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Posted 4:40 PM by Tevita
Vegetables prices drop
From : Fiji Sun
Root crops and vegetable prices have become cheaper than immediately after the flood, says a market vendor.
Premila Devi Singh, a vegetable vendor and middleman at the Namaka Market in Nadi said prices had reduced greatly since the time of the flood.
“At least now we can afford to buy vegetables compared to the period just after the flood. At that time 25 kg sack of eggplant cost up to $70 and now it’s only $25. Right now, long bean is the expensive vegetable and tomatoes and cabbage are still out of season,” she said.
Rajendra Kumar said prices were still expensive for certain vegetables that were not in season.
“At the moment, pumpkin, cucumber and kheer are not in season so it’s rather expensive. The more expensive the vegetable or root crop, the less profit we make because we cannot increase the prices too much that it becomes unaffordable for the customers,” he said.
He said sometimes they were barely able to make profits from selling non-seasonal vegetables but they still chose to buy it for the sake of consumers.
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