22 Jul 2019

 

Dependency On WFP And Imported Food Inflate Market Prices in Bor

Customers in Bor question traders over the rise of commodities prices in Marol Market

 

By Jo Ngong Akau

Bor, 21 January 2019 (Gurtong) -Customers at Bor, Marol Market are questioning traders over the rise of prices of basic commodities in Marol Market.

A random exercise conducted in the market indicated that 50 kg of maize flour is currently bearing a price tag of 6,500 SSP, an increase of 800 pounds from the previous price; 20 litres of cooking oil has also increased from 4,500 to 5000 SSP.

Some of the customers who spoke to Gurtong at Marol Market said, skyrocketing prices have forced some of them to go back home empty handed.

They fear that trading prices will affect WFP beneficiaries since they are entitled to food items with voucher money without questions.

“I just found out today that the prices have gone up and we don’t know what has happened. Now things are getting expensive and it happens as a surprise when you come to the market and want to buy something you need; but the money I carry will not buy the items that I intended to buy”, Achol Anyang told Gurtong on Monday.

I came to buy some big beans, about 25kg, which used to cost 3,700 SSP but now has gone up to 5000 SSP. So things are very expensive and we don’t know what to do. I came back from Uganda two years ago and I’m not registered with the UN-WFP rations.”

Meanwhile, a leader of Somalia community in Bor, Mohammed Tahiil, said increase in the market prices is prompted by rise in dollar exchange rate against the local currency.

Tahiil stated that, the exchange rate of US dollar against Sudanese pound now ranges between 27000 and 28000 and pounds per $100.

Mohammed added that they would be ready to reduce prices any time from now once the rate of US dollar against the pound drops. 

 

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21/01/2019, 6:34 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
The answer is in the soil around Bor, not in the rate of the SSP to the $. Just produce the expensive food items and catch in the profit. The price will come down. Some of the needed food can take only up to three months or less before it is available in the market. Be smart: stop playing cards and politics in the Bor Market and turn your attention to food production through rain or local irrigation along the Nile. Invite our correspondent in the area to witness your individual or group efforts in food production.
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