VEG­ETABLE PRICES STA­BILISE

THE IN­CREASE IN THE PRICES OF VEG­ETA­BLES AT THE SAVUSAVU MAR­KET HAS STA­BILISED AF­TER TROP­I­CAL CY­CLONE WIN­STON IN FE­BRU­ARY.

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The cy­clone bat­tered many of the hid­den par­adise’s in­fra­struc­tures and agri­cul­ture prod­ucts in Bua and Savusavu. Mar­ket ven­dor Sera Tuinaceva said the prices had dropped again af­ter sup­ply re­turned to nor­mal early last week.

The hike in the prices of veg­eta­bles at the Savusavu Mar­ket has sta­bilised af­ter the dam­aged caused by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston in Fe­bru­ary. The cy­clone bat­tered many of the hid­den par­adise’s in­fra­struc­tures and agri­cul­ture prod­ucts in Bua and Savusavu. Savusavu Mar­ket ven­dor Sera Tu- in­aceva said the prices had dropped again af­ter sup­ply re­turned to nor­mal early last week.

“Price of veg­eta­bles has nor­malised. Sup­ply from the sup­pli­ers from Si­ga­toka has nor­malised,” Mr Tuinaceva said. “Prices of long bean have gone down from $4 to $2 per bun­dle, bain­gan is now sold at $1 per heap com­pared to $4 heap, fresh chau­raiya is now sold at $1 or $0.50 per bun­dle com­pared to $2 per bun­dle, but the sup­ply of chill­ies to the mar­ket is still low.” Sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments were shared by Sere­ana Marama, who said she started plant­ing veg­eta­bles at her farm but had been wait­ing for some as­sis­tance the Min­istry for Agri­cul­ture. “I have ploughed my land and have started plant­ing veg­eta­bles, which would be ready in a short pe­riod of time,” Ms Marama said. “I would also need help from Agri­cul­ture Min­istry for sup­ply of seeds and seedlings so that I can start afresh with my cash crop farm­ing.” Savusavu Mar­ket ven­dor Luisa Mad­den said she was cop­ing well af­ter the veg­etable sup­ply nor­malised. “Price of veg­eta­bles which are bought daily for ex­am­ple baigan has gone down from $50 per bag to $40 now, so we are still ad­just­ing and ben­e­fit­ting,” she said. Ms Mad­den said the 90 ven­dors back sell­ing pro­duce was a good sign. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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