Coronavirus: Commodity prices rise in Lango, Moyo

Last resort. A woman carries a carton of salt in Lira Town last Friday. Salt prices have gone up in the area. PHOTO BY ISAAC OTWII

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Findings. Prices of beans, salt, Irish potatoes, sugar, rice and others have more than doubled.

The coronavirus scare, which continues to slow down the global economy, has led to drastic increase in prices of basic commodities in Lango Sub-region and Moyo District.
A mini-survey conducted by Daily Monitor in local markets and retail shops in Lira, Dokolo, Moyo and Alebtong towns on Friday indicated that the prices of beans, salt, Irish potatoes, sugar, rice and others have more than doubled.
The commodity with the highest price hike is salt. In Lira Town, the price of a sachet of salt has increased from Shs600 to Shs,1500, a factor traders attributed to decrease in supply.
Mr Patrick Bagonza, a wholesale trader, said: “Currently, there is no salt in stock in the whole of Lira Town and yet it is the business centre for Lango Sub-region. There is no supply because we are told that all factories in Kenya have been shut down.”
Mr Boniface Okello, a retail trader in Kole District, said a carton of salt that they used to buy at Shs35,000 has now increased to between Shs64,000 and Shs72,000.
“It is quite expensive now. I am lucky that I arrived in Lira Town early on Friday morning. Those buying it this [last Friday] evening will pay Shs72,000,” he said.

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