Stranded cane farmer turns to selling vegetables

Pritil Sharma (front) with his brother Jason Reddy sell vegetables along Drasa Ave in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

After he was stranded in Lautoka when the second wave of COVID-19 hit, a Labasa cane grower took to selling vegetables along the streets of the Sugar City to survive.

Pritil Sharma pushes a vegetableladen wheelbarrow around in an effort to earn some money for his family.

“I came to Lautoka to visit my parents in April and then the lockdown happened,” the 25-year-old said.

“I found some odd jobs around town, but then it became harder because businesses kept closing down.

“So I decided to sell vegetables from our home.

“After a few weeks, I borrowed a wheelbarrow from a friend and decided to take the vegetables to people who can’t go into town.”

He said his mobile market has been successful.

“People are buying, and I’m happy that I can take care of my family.”

Mr Sharma said the only downside was not being able to be in Labasa for the new cane crushing season.

“There are people looking after our farm, but I wish I was there.”

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