Royal Cruise Assists Seaside Vendors
By Germain Sam
The Seaside vegetable market has received 10 bungalows last Friday from American company, Caribbean Royal Cruise.
During the hand over ceremony, the Port-Vila Mayor Eric Festa congratulated the vendors on their new Natangura sheds.
Mayor Festa stated: “The Royal Caribbean cruise project is to extend all the markets in Port Vila and kept the product safe and healthy so once the borders open people around Port Vila can display more products at the market and tourists can buy the products.”
Seaside vegetable market officer, Paul Mahit, is elated about the new bungalows and the additional revenue it would bring in for the Port Vila City Council.
“When the Port Vila municipal approved the project of extending our market with more bungalows, I was so happy, I asked them to provide us 10 bungalows.
“Before we have 50 tables and each table cost VT300 per day for a seller.”
When markets come from Efate rural areas and the other islands of Vanuatu the tables are not enough to accommodate all the produce, although with the assistance of Caribbean Royal Cruise, more vendors can be accommodated.
The Seaside central ward market opens 7 days a week and each month the market collects VT60 000 for the tables, now with the added sheds, it will generate VT72 000 per month.
This is a first step for the Caribbean Royal Cruise Project and they looking at continuing to upgrade other markets in Port Vila.