In many shops URN visited in Gulu, Agago and Kitgum districts, price of Habari table salt imported from Kenya sold in 500 grams’ packet had increased to Shillings 2,000 and 2,500 from 800 shillings. Salt packaged in 200 grams is now being sold at 1,500 shillings from 400 shillings.
The price of salt, one of the essential commodities
in homesteads has shot up in several retail and wholesale shops in districts
across Acholi and Teso Sub-regions.
Several traders say the price increment is due to scarcity of salt brought about
by hoarding of goods by big stores anticipating to reap huge profits amidst the
Corona Virus Disease Pandemic.
In many shops URN visited in Gulu, Agago and Kitgum districts, price of Habari
table salt imported from Kenya sold in 500 grams’ packet had increased to
Shillings 2,000 and 2,500 from 800 shillings. Salt packaged in 200 grams is now
being sold at 1,500 shillings from 400 shillings.
Gerald Okot, a trader in Gulu Main Market says that a week ago, a carton of
Habari salt was about 24,000 shillings but increased sharply to 60,000 by
yesterday when the government announced the closure of all borders.
Okot says he is now selling a packet of 500-gram salt at 2,000 shillings from
He anticipates the price is likely to rise even beyond since the country is not
Charles Oyoo, a trader in Kitgum Municipality says he is selling 500 gram of
salt at 2,500 shillings.
Oyoo notes that he bought a carton of salt from Gulu Municipality at shillings
65,000 shillings adding that he has been forced to increase the price to
recover his money.
Grace Auma, a housewife in Kalongo Town Council says the price increment has
shocked her and notes that many poor people are bound to go without salt in the
Mark Moro, the Regional Director Uganda Chamber Commerce and Industries says
the price increment comes as a surprise. Moro notes that he has already
contacted the Commissioner in the Ministry of Trade and Industries for a possible
explanation on what could have caused the price increase.
“I am surprised by this price increment of salt, I just learnt of it this
morning. I have already informed the top officials at the Ministry of Trade and
Industries for feedback on the abnormal price variation,” Moro says.
Economists believe prices of several essential commodities will
rise soon rise due to Corona Virus disease outbreak.
In the Teso region, salt that was selling 31,500 shillings per
carton increased to 45,000 shillings on Thursday morning. By Thursday evening,
a carton was selling at 60,000 shillings and above in Soroti town, which is the
major shopping centre for other districts in Teso Sub Region.
In Kaberamaido town, people lined up for salt and had to beg shopkeepers
to allow them to buy in low quantity for the families.
However, the situation was different on Saturday when a trailer full of salt arrived in
the stores in Soroti. Many traders who had expected the situation to worsen
were left in shock.
Peter Okello, a wholesaler in Soroti says the shortage was caused
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Lydia Namatovu, a resident of Kichinjaji in Soroti Municipality says some of
her neighbours are resorting to other traditional ways of managing life after
the shortage of salt.