Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Buyers worry as food prices are high in Dar markets
As the holy month of Ramadhan starts today, food commodities sold in most Dar es Salaam markets are currently sold at a relatively higher price rates than as it was four months ago, the survey by the Azania post can establish. Prices of mostly loved food commodities used for breaking the fast such as cassava, Irish potatoes and many others have tremendously increased in most markets found in most suburbs within the city of Dar es Salaam. The survey carried out at Buguruni, Gongo la Mboto, Vingunguti, Temeke, Mwananyamala and Ilala markets has shown that, prices of food commodities have risen slightly higher, a situation which worries buyers most of whom are low income earners who comes to such markets to fetch for the food products. In addition to the edible oil which has increased tremendously in most shops in the city and the country at large, prices for rice has varied depending on the type s of their origin from which is bought in bulk. The survey by the Azania post has discovered that, the minimum price for a kilogram of rice is fetched at a retail price of Tshs. 2,200/- from Tshs. 1,600/- as it was sold four months ago. The maximum price rate for a kilogram of rice believed to be the best quality rice commodity is sold at the highest rate of Tshs. 3,000/- from Tshs. 2,400/- as it was fetched four months ago. This is an increase of 20 percent compared to their earlier price rate sold four months ago. When some rice traders were interviewed, they attributed the price hike with the scarcity of the product, which is caused by an import ban which came into effect since early this year. Commenting on the situation, an official with the ministry of trade and industries who spoke on condition of anonymity attributed the situation to the low supply of high quality of rice in Dar markets, the commodity is fast running out of stock. However, he noted that “the amount of commodity arriving from the producing regions in the country is lower because it is not the harvesting season.