As local wholesalers only have two hours allocated for vegetable business in a week at the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM), they are finding it hard to sell their goods. A wholesaler from Jawakha in Punakha said that after she was told to leave CFM around 8.30am, she went around Thimphu selling her vegetables. But with the current Covid-19 situation, vegetable demand had dropped in hotels and other related sectors, she said.
With increased local production, wholesalers are finding it more competitive to sell their produce. Even if they could, the price was an issue, a local wholesaler at CFM told kuenselonline.com.
At the site yesterday, wholesalers, vendors and customers were crowding at the CFM parking. Some wholesalers were directly selling to the customers from their pick-up trucks. There was little officials could do to control the crowd.
CFM Manager Tshering Tenzin said that the situation was not new in the market.