The Port Vila Central Market Survey summarises selected agricultural produces sold at the main wet market based on the Supply and Price of commodities. Data is collected on a fortnightly basis and published as a quarterly average.
Summary of Findings: The Port Vila Market Survey of September quarter of 2020 showed an overall Volume increase of 70 kilograms on the supply of commodities and the average price increased by 20 percent compared to the previous quarter.
The volume of all commodities increased in this quarter compared to the previous quarter and this is attributed to the increase of market vendors after the completion of the central market renovations around the end of July 2020.
The value of commodities increased from VT110,900 to VT548,070 compared to previous quarter.
An average of 195 sellers were recorded for the quarter under review. This is 154 sellers higher compared to the previous quarter.
The Port Vila Market Survey in September quarter 2020 showed an overall volume increase of 70 kilograms compared to the previous quarter. Kumala increased by 829 kilograms followed by White bowl cabbage at 551 kilograms, Cucumber at 429 kilograms, tomato at 334 kilograms and the rest falls below 200 kilograms difference. When compared to the corresponding quarter of previous year, the overall quantity supplied decreased by -74 percent.
At an average of 205 Kilograms, the supply of Fiji Taro increase significantly by 187 kilograms from the previous quarter which pushes average price per kilogram down by -23 percent. Compared to September 2019, the supply of Fiji Taro decreased by -68 percent and price also declined by -29 percent.
The current supply of Manioc in the quarter under review increased by 225 kilograms compared to June quarter of 2020 and the average price also decreased by -25 percent. When compared with September of 2019, the volume of Manioc decreased by -73 percent while average price is 57 percent higher.
KUMALA (SWEET POTATO)
Kumala or Sweet Potato recorded a rise in average quantity supplied of 829 kilograms compared to the previous quarter. Even with the increased availability, the average price also increased by 18 percent. Compared with same quarter of previous year, the volume of Kumala decreased by -11 percent and average price decreased by -27 percent.
The supply of Yam in the quarter under review increased by 110 kilograms compared with June quarter of 2020. Average price also increased by VT154 per kilogram in this period. However, the current availability of Yam decreased by 88 percent in the same quarter of previous year and average price also fell by -14 percent.
Dried Coconut supply increased by 163 kilograms compared with the previous quarter while average price decreased by -84 percent. Current availability was -89 percent lower in September quarter of 2019 and average price also decreased by -43 percent.