Expect high prices for vegetables with smaller heaps for at least 3 months – Suva Market Vendors Association

Expect high prices for vegetables with smaller heaps for at least 3 months – Suva Market Vendors Association

By Dhanjay Deo
Monday 24/01/2022
At Suva Market. Pictures supplied by Sofia Talei.

Suva Market Vendors Association President, Sofia Talei says they are running out of vegetable and root crop supplies at the Suva Market and due to market vendors increasing costs, the prices will be as high as $5 a heap for some vegetables.

Talei says high prices are expected with smaller heaps for at least three months.

She says just four or five eggplants are selling at $5 a heap as the vendors are now buying a bag for over $100 which used to cost them $20 a bag before the floods.

Talei adds the market vendors are now paying between $150 to $180 for a bag of ginger and $7 per kg for bhindi (okra) which used to be $1 per kg before the floods. She says they do not have cabbage in the market. She says their suppliers' farms in Sigatoka and Naitasiri have been devastated in the floods earlier this month.

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