28 Apr 2003

Call for farmers to get priority in main Apia market

3:17 pm on 28 April 2003

An MP in Samoa has called for farmers to be once again given priority at the main market in Apia.

Tuiloma Lameko says the market building was constructed for farmers to sell their crops, but now other businesses have taken over, forcing those selling their crops to set up stalls in the open.

He said the building's floor space was now occupied by middlemen who charged for the use of an area.

The market was shifted inland from Savalalo when the old location became too small.

The Government said at the time that the old market would be left for small businesspeople to sell handicrafts and other goods, while Fugalei would be for the use of farmers only.