The Roseau Market Authority had to displace several vendors today after some were caught selling agricultural produce on the road side in Roseau.
Superintendent for the Roseau market, Julius Carbon, told media that authorities had to force people out, most of them Haitians, after warning several times about their vending on the road side, an act considered against law.
Carbon told an afternoon ‘Kweyol’ program on DBS Radio that the Roseau market is the location designated for the selling of agricultural produce in the city, and that while some are observing the law, several others are just not.
He said authorities were mainly giving a strong warning today to further inform vendors selling agricultural produce on the roadside that their actions were wrong, but he vowed officials will be tough on those disregarding the rules.
When asked about sufficient room in the Roseau market for more vendors, Carbon said: “There is space in the market and that the conditions there are favourable for vending. There are people in the market for many years and they are satisfied.”
He noted that many vendors out of the market are selling their produce at a greater price than what is offered by market vendors.
“We don’t want people to lose their money,” he said, “we are offering people…assistance to help them get profit.”
“We want the people to live,” Carbon stated, justifying the action of authorities.