Market vendors at odds

Market vendors sell their produce at Lautoka market. Picture: FT FILE/BALJEET SINGH

THE Lautoka City Council has urged permanent and casual vendors to make use of facilities at the new wing market in Lautoka.

This comes after permanent vendors at the new wing questioned why casual vendors were being allowed to sell from Monday to Saturday as opposed to their normal routine, Thursday to Saturday.

In response, Lautoka City Council acting chief executive officer Gyaneshwar Rao said the new wing market was constructed to serve permanent and casual vendors.

“Initially the vendors were selling their products on an open area under very harsh conditions,” he said.

“Vendors normally sell in this area in the afternoons and from Thursday to Saturday. With the construction of the new wing market, permanent vendors were allocated stalls in the new wing.”

He said the casual vendors, mostly consisting of farmers, had requested the council to allow them to sell on the floor on a daily basis and this was approved.

“The council supports both the permanent vendors and casual vendors who are supporting their families equally. In fact, casual vendors are paying a higher rate than permanent vendors.

“The council is also mindful to allow the use of the space available in the market and reduce roadside selling, which poses a risk to motorists and the public.”

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