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Bududa Residents Hit by Scarcity of Vegetables As Prices Hike

The price for one head of cabbage has risen from 500 to 1000 and a sukuma wiki bundle which used to cost 200 Shillings now goes for at least 700 Shillings.


A weeklong survey of most markets in Bududa found that there were other merchandise sold at places where there used to be vegetables.

 

Residents say the  prices of most vegetables have now doubled so they cannot afford to buy them anymore.

  

The vegetables including cabbages, sukuma wiki, and garden peas among others are now on high demand in Bududa district which used to be one of the leading producers of vegetables in Bugisu sub region. 

   

The price for one head of cabbage has risen from 500 to 1000 and a sukuma wiki bundle which used to cost 200 Shillings now goes for at least 700 Shillings.

Vendors from the neighbouring districts of Manafwa and Mbale, who used to come to buy vegetables as usual, have become irrelevant in the business since the vegetables are scarce.  Some consumers who spoke to our reporter say they have resorted to eating food without vegetables following their hiked prices and scarcity.

According to other vendors, the price of vegetables has risen due to their growing demand especially during this dry season when there are no vegetables in the area.

Amina Napoko a vegetable seller says most farmers who used to supply them(sellers)with vegetables are no longer supplying because of the continued drought in the district. 

He said most of their crops wilted due to much sunshine prompting them as sellers to also hike the prices of the little they have.

Abdul Wenwa another dealer said it was the vegetables business which  had enabled him take his children to school but due to their scarcity, they may fail to pay school fees for their children. 

  

Debora Watsemba, a consumer, said the district is hit with vegetable shortage and that is why they have to buy them at any price since they are essential and cannot be done without.

Samuel Wanetosi the chairperson of the Bududa Vegetable Dealers association asked farmers to utilise the available water to plant vegetables to be relevant in the market. 

He also asked them to practise irrigation so that they can continue to supply vegetables.

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