Fiji: Tavua vegetable vendors nervous about drought

Market vendors in Tavua fear the prolonged drought could soon affect vegetable sales. According to Tavua Market Vendors Association president Abdul Azim, this is a major worry for most permanent vendors right now. He said if the dry season continued, most vendors would lose out because of the shortage of vegetables to sell at the market.

“The drought has affected us in terms of income and we have slowly felt the low vegetable supply as a result of this,” Azim told “We are worried that if this continues, a number of our vendors will be affected because most of them sell vegetables. We cannot increase the prices of vegetables because we have not been earning much from the current market sales as a result of the pandemic.”

Azim said they hoped the dry season would end soon so their sales would not nosedive as most vendors had already been affected by the health crisis.


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