MARKET vendors selling their produce at the Auki market in Malaita Province are appealing to the Malaita Provincial Government to improve some of the services and facilities at the market.
The call was made last week during the two days’ Healthy Market Settings training conducted for Auki Market stakeholders.
The vendors said, the market needs proper drainage, storage space for left over produce, electrics power supply, good drinking water and walk-ways.
They said, although they have paid fees to the market management, there was lack of improvement at the market.
They also called on the Auki town council for the removal of rubbish being dumped near the market because of the bad smell.
“The bad smell from the drains and the pile of rubbish affects health and bring in flies to our produce.”
Auki town council Supervisor Henry Faleusia said, lack of tools and vehicles has been the main factor in the non-collection of rubbish near the market and within the township.
“We hope that this year the new provincial government will provide tools and machines for the Auki town Council inorder to fulfill their duty.”
Last week, Premier Peter Channel Ramohia said they are negotiating with landowners near Auki for a possible rubbish site where most of the rubbish from the town will be dumped.
By WILLIAM EKOTANI