21 Feb 2006

Market in Samoa's capital could be expanded

9:40 am on 21 February 2006

Samoa's parliament is considering options to expand the Fugalei market in Apia.

The Samoa Observer reports that this follows recent flooding which caused damage to some shops and businesses, including the market.

The Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Hans Joachim Keil, says one option is to add a second floor to the building that houses the market, or to relocate some shops, and raise the floor level at least 18 inches higher.

Farmer Keveli Autagavaia says more consideration should be given to the needs of farmers in selling their produce, as most of the market is taken up by food vendors and other stalls, so some farmers end up outside.

Another farmer says the government needs to address the drainage system at the market as a priority first.