Friday, 4 January 2008 4:54 PM

Bad Weather, Low Daily Income for Market

The normally packed Honiara Central Market remains unusually empty for a Friday morning.

Speaking to Solomon Times, Harriet Saravagi, a water melon seller from Foxwood of East Guadalcanal said the bad weather experienced over the past weeks has greatly affected their produce due to heavy flooding.

The continuous rain in Solomon Islands, linked to La Nina, has not only done damage to produces but also daily consumption for families.

"I am forced to increase prices of my melons because whatever little that's not been damaged is our only means for survival," Mrs. Saravagi said.

Another hardworking mother approached voiced similar frustration on running short of products to sell to earn her daily income.

"For us in West Guadalcanal, hearing that there would be possible wet season for four months has caused us a great deal of worry," Mrs. Bela told Solomon Times.

"We know that this will result in shortage of food supply for us," she added.

Moving on along the aisle, a lettuce farmer approached said his profit has dropped due to heavy flooding in his area.

"Heavy flooding in east Honiara during the rainy period has caused swamps to destroy my products," said Robert Aluga.

Mr. Aluga said that he is forced to harvest all his crops to sell "so that I don't waste any of it".

He informed Solomon Times that he had no choice but to also drop his price so that he could sell his goods.

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