Call for authorities to provide tables

Sachin Prasad of Nakadi settlement, Qiolevu, sells vegetables at the Sawani border. Picture: VILIAME RAVAI

Naitasiri traders at the Sawani containment border are calling on authorities to provide tables, so they can hygienically sell their goods.

Sachin Prasad of Nakadi settlement, Qiolevu, said that he had been selling vegetables at the border for two months and the environment was not very conducive for customers.

“All the farmers are facing difficulties trying to sell their produce,” the 36-year-old said.

Mr Prasad said because there was a lot of competition, the border often got crowded and people were pushing each other and fighting for space.

“There are no proper tables provided for us to hygienically place our vegetables and they are covered with dust every time a vehicle passes by.

“We hope someone will help us.”

He said the weekends, when they were supposed to be raking it in, were proving to be the worst days to trade.

“On Saturdays, a lot of people come and sell here and because of the competition, we get much less than expected.

“When we used to sell in Suva on Saturdays, we used to get good money, but here it’s a different story altogether.”

James Prasad, another vendor, also echoed similar sentiments.

There are 10 farmers from Nakadi settlement who regularly sell vegetables at the Sawani containment border from Monday to Saturday.

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