New market worth $7m for Rakiraki
Rakiraki market is among the several markets in Fiji that will benefit from Australian Government assistance to rebuild market facilities and vendor accommodation that were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells made the announcement while visiting the Rakiraki Market with the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Parveen […]
Rakiraki market is among the several markets in Fiji that will benefit from Australian Government assistance to rebuild market facilities and vendor accommodation that were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells made the announcement while visiting the Rakiraki Market with the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Parveen Bala Kumar.
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the assistance will be delivered through the Australian-funded UN Women Markets for Change project.
FIERRAVANTI-WELLS: “We will also work with partnership with UN Women and with Ministry of Local Govermnet and Municipal Council to assist in rebuild and repairing number of other markets in Fiji. We recognised that the market vendors travel far to sell their produce at the markets and they need safe and clean places to sleep and to rest.”
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said markets provide an opportunity for people to earn an income and to support their families and communities.
FIERRAVANTI-WELLS: “This is is particulary the case of the women who make three quarters of the vendors in Fiji and often have to stay overnight with their children. So our funding will also provide a new accomodation centre in Rakiraki for the women market vendors.”
She said the new market will be more resilient to stand more disaster and will accessible for people living with disabilities.
FIERRAVANTI-WELLS:”Not only we going to rebuild the market the Australian Government is also committed in rebuilding better. The market will be more resilient to more disasters and accesiable for all including people living with disability and while rebuilding is occuring we will make sure that there is enough shelters in Rakiraki in order for this market to continue operating.”
She added that farmers in Rakiraki and seven other markets across Fiji will receive seeds, farming tools, fertiliser and insecticide to help with regrowing crops.
FIERRAVANTI-WELLS: “We also note that most farmers lost their crops due to tropical cyclone Winston and we will reestablished them. We will be providing seeds, farming tools, fetilizers and pesticides to 1,580 farmers and vendors in Rakiraki and seven other markets across Fiji.”
Minister Bala said the new market will cost $7 million in total in which the Australian government will provide $3.2million.
BALA: “There will be a new market for Rakiraki and this building will accomodate the accomodation centre, a new bus stand, accomodation block andcommercial centre as well. So, the total cost is around $7 million Fijian and of that around $3.2 million has been promised and ensured by our donour country Australia through UN women to fund for this project.”
Minister Bala said the construction of the new market for the people of Rakiraki will greatly assist farmers and market vendors in selling fresh food.
BALA: “There will be no increase of fee charges even though you will be in a first class facility.”
He said construction will take about 14 months and will be built on the present site of the market.
BALA: “The standard of the market will be a category 5, to withstand natural disaster. The projected forecast for the timeline for this implementation is 14 months depends on the weather and supply of material. The project will start and commenced within 14 months.”
The President of the Rakiraki Markets Vendors Association, Varanisese Maisamoa thanked for the assistance that has been provided by the Fijian and the Australian Government.
MAISAMOA: “We have gone through a lot of losses for our business, in particular suffering caused by the loss of our main source of income source, which is the market. I thank the Australian Government for the funds to rebuild the Rakiraki Market. If it was not for this support, it wouldn’t be possible to continue our business.”
The assistance will be funded by Australia’s $53 million (FJD) package of assistance to Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston.