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Jun 6, 2011

Wholesale market vendors need improved area

The Michael Finnegan Market Vendors are unhappy with the new configurations implemented by the Belize City Council. The street vendors who normally block traffic along the canal side have been moved and the wholesalers have been relegated to sell their produce on a side street. Last week Deputy Mayor Phillip Willoughby said that the new market rules came from the vendors, but they still weren’t satisfied. But according to one businessman who buys wholesale fruits for his Joy Juice business, more can be done to alleviate the problems outside the market.

Stephen Okeke, Consumer

Stephen Okeke

“When we came to market by 4 a.m. we already find it difficult to find some fruits because some of the wholesalers have decided not to come.  If you are giving them wholesale day, it should be wholesale day—they should have the whole day to sell. If you buy up to fifty dollars, you get wholesale price. If you buy less than fifty dollars, you get retail. We should give people options—you should have option as buyers. Just like we have between Smart and BTL—one person give double up the next person give triple up or quadruple up. So the customers benefit. You should give them wholesale day and make it whole sale day and give that competition. But even where they are being put right now is so unhygienic. If you are moving them from the kennel side into another location, mien these guys are providing us with service. If a piece of cantaloupe or watermelon or lettuce falls into this drain here, they pick it up and wash it, we are the ones that are going to eat it. So if the City Council, the City Government will move them from this location to that location, it would have been just fair to have prepared it before you move them. These guys are not animals. The canal can be repaired, the canals can be narrowed, filled and the wholesale vendors can go back to where they were removed. There is no reasonable point for them to have been removed from where they were before—convenient for us buyers. This place is squeezed in, so congested—it is not a good location to work. It is not just that, it does not show business sells and entrepreneurial leadership. You need some degree of entrepreneurial leadership. It is not about confronting the City Council or making it look like they don’t know what they are doing, but the City Council should be practicing participatory governance. We are not being ruled, we are being led so our opinions should matter. The canal can be repaired, it should be narrowed, there is enough space for everybody who want to bring produce from their farms to bring produce. They shouldn’t be discouraged.”

It’s sure not then end to the vendors’ woes and we’ll have more from the Deputy Mayor on Tuesday.

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1 Response for “Wholesale market vendors need improved area”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    GO ON……….SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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