A survey conducted by URN in markets in Lira City, the demand for fruits especially oranges and tamarin is on the rise. The price of other commodities that include ginger, garlic, red pepper, and lemongrass has also increased.
Residents of Lira City are decrying the sharp increase in the prices of fruits
which has resulted in scarcity.
With the belief by residents that lemons boost their immunity against the
coronavirus (COVID-19), more people are now including lemons on their groceries
conducted by URN in markets in Lira City, the demand for fruits especially
oranges and tamarin are on the rise. The price of other commodities that
include ginger, garlic, red pepper, and lemongrass has also increased.
Previously, the vendors would buy a basin of Big lemons at 20,000 to 25,000 Shillings
but the price has increased to 50,000 Shillings, while a basin of small lemons
has doubled from 5,000 to 20,000 Shillings.
A sack of ginger is being sold at 350,000 from 200,000 Shillings, a bag of
garlic costs 250,000 Shillings from 110, 000 shillings. A kilogram of ginger
has also increased risen from 3,000 to 5,000 Shillings.
Auma, a resident of Lira, says that since consuming fruits boosts one’s
immunity the fruits should readily available in the market at an affordable
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another resident of Lira City is worried that some people may not afford fruits
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Jacky Awor, a
food vendor at Lira Main Market attributes the increase in prices to the high
demand for ginger and garlic. She also says that following the ban on inter-district
travel, local farmers can’t supply the commodities to the vendors.
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Opeta a fruit vendor in Lira City says despite the high demand for oranges and
lemons, several vendors are abandoning selling fruits due to the high price.
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a trader in Lira Market is worried that the ban on the inter-district movement
has restrained their clients in the neighbouring districts to buy the products.