The Minister of Local Government Premila Kumar today announced further assistance to ensure the livelihood of Municipal Market stall holders is sustained amid COVID-19.
Speaking at a press conference in Suva today, Minister Kumar said from Monday 13th April until 30th June, Municipal Market stall holders will not pay stall fees for their first two stalls.
The Minister stated that in any one week, there are more than 5,000 stalls operated in Municipal Markets across Fiji and this waiver will make a positive impact to the lives of many Fijians and their families.
“Suva’s main market alone has 677 stalls; Lautoka 963, Labasa 865 and Nausori can have up to 748 stalls operating on a weekend. Stall fees across the country range from $0.75/day for vegetables to $3.85/ day for grog stall.
Further, Councils have now decentralised markets across their neighbourhoods. Small markets are now located at strategic neighbourhood locations to prevent overcrowding by consumers.