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Vegetable prices soar in the west

April 3, 2012 5:00 am

Expect a hike in the price of fruit and vegetables in the west following a shortage caused by the recent floods.

A bundle of dalo that used to cost $10 is now selling at $15 at the Lautoka market while a bundle of taro leaves that used to cost a dollar is now selling at $2.50 a bundle.

Nalawa farmer Tikiko Yacarere who has been a regular supplier of fruits and vegetables as well as root crops to the Lautoka Market over the last decade says the hike in prices must be expected.

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Today, the Lautoka market was bare, with just a few bundles of taro leaves, okra, chilli and cassava with a few bundles of dalo.

Yacarere says consumers in the west can expect this situation to remain into the next few weeks.

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