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New Labasa market extension opened

Market vendors in Labasa who wake up in the wee hours of the morning to sell their produce at the Labasa market are now glad to have brand new facilities. This after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened an extension at the Labasa Market last week. PM Bainimarama says his Government has been deeply concerned for […]

Peni Shute

January 18, 2016 6:30 am

Market vendors in Labasa who wake up in the wee hours of the morning to sell their produce at the Labasa market are now glad to have brand new facilities.

This after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened an extension at the Labasa Market last week.

Prime Minister unveils the plaque at the New Labasa Municipal market extension today. PHOTO: Fijian Government.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama unveils the plaque at the New Labasa Municipal market extension today.  PHOTO: Fijian Government.

PM Bainimarama says his Government has been deeply concerned for some time about the need for vendors to have proper places to await the opening of the market in the morning.

There is also a need for enough market stalls so that vendors coming in from the countryside with produce from their farms will not have to sell on the streets near the market and behind the Macuata Provincial Building.

The new extension will now cater for 110 vegetable stall spaces, 50 handicraft stalls, 20 sleeping spaces for women, and a training centre for 25 persons.

We have solved the problem of overcrowding and uncomfortable spacing. Selling will be more comfortable and secure, and vendors can be more confident about leaving their produce and goods unattended—even overnight. This marks a new experience and a new way of doing business for all the vendors here.

According to PM Bainimarama, the total project cost was $688,000. Of the total cost, $500,000 was funded by the Government and the balance by Labasa Town Council.

But I am very pleased that UN Women saw the economic and social value for the women of Vanua Levu and reimbursed the Council for 50% of the cost. That frees nearly $350,000 for the Council to use for other market projects.

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