Seafood on de­mand on Mother’s Day: Mar­ket ven­dors

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­

Ex­pect Seafood prices to leap this Mother’s Day since de­mand for them has been strong. But ac­cord­ing to Nadi Mar­ket ven­dor Mil­iana Mo­c­etadra, meet­ing the de­mand would be dif­fi­cult. Ms Mo­c­etadra said the lo­cal marine eco-sys­tem has suf­fered con­sec­u­tive dam­age from trop­i­cal cy­clones and from the re­cent flood­ing. “This time around, there is not much catch from the sea and what­ever is left from feed­ing the fam­ily, we sell to earn in­come for our fam­ily,” she said.

“The price will def­i­nitely in­crease this Mother’s Day be­cause lots of peo- ple will want seafood dish on their ta­ble this Mother’s Day.”

The Lo­mawai, Nadroga na­tive said the de­mand for seafood from the pub­lic was usu­ally high around this time of year. “This has been the trend from pre­vi­ous years that I have been sell­ing at the mar­ket and part of it is due to the re­cent flood­ing and TC Win­ston.

“Be­fore the flood, this plas­tic bag of seashell cost $2 that has more than dou­ble to $5 as of now. “Usu­ally when there is a lot of peo­ple sell­ing seafood then we will com­pete for low prices, but it’s just a few of us now. “We are all try­ing to feed our fam­ily with the bet­ter in­come earned.”

“For four small size fish we are sell­ing at $10 and three big size fish we are sell­ing at $15 to $20, $25. For seven Kaba­jia (Lethri­nus Species) I am sell­ing at $15, Sici (shell­fish) $5, three Dairo (Sea cu­cum­ber/Holothuria scabra) for $10.

Vil­isi Adi­tuirabe of Waica Set­tle­ment in Nako­rokula, Nadroga also shared the same sen­ti­ments. “The price has peaked at the mo­ment, but once more mar­ket ven­dors re-set­tle and mar­ket be­comes more com­pet­i­tive, the cus­tomers will have more al­ter­na­tive and price will dwin­dle. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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