Fiji: Vendors worry over vegetable shortages and prices

A shortage of vegetables is expected, and prices are expected to increase after flash floods damaged farms in Labasa. The situation has vendors worried as they would be forced to spend more to buy vegetables from outside Labasa to meet demand.

Traders said yesterday they did not want a repeat of what they had faced after Severe Tropical Cyclones Yasa and Severe Tropical Cyclone Ana which resulted in them purchasing vegetables from Sigatoka.

Another vendor said business in the market had not returned to normal after the recent wet weather in the North. “A lot of vendors are still at home because the floods have affected them and their farms,” he said. “We have been told by our suppliers that a lot of vegetables have been damaged so we expect a shortage.”


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