Prices of foodstuff continue to soar

AJMAN — Residents of Ajman have been complaining that despite promises of a price control of foodstuff and vegetable, authorities are not pursuing the matter seriously. The authorities concerned, however, said they are monitoring the markets to check prices during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Sun 23 Sep 2007, 8:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:12 AM

The retailers in Ajman said since the beginning of holy month of Ramadan, prices of vegetable, fruits and meat have gone up by 20 per cent.

Residents wonder how long this trend would continue.

Mohamed and Ibrahim, traders in Ajman vegetable and fruits market, said retailers are under pressure from wholesale suppliers to jack up prices of vegetables, fruits and meat by 20 per cent during the holy month.

As a result, Pakistani mango now costs Dh10 a kg, small grapes Dh14 a kg, green apple Dh7 a kg, and guava and cantaloupe Dh15 a kg.

Saheb Abdul Qadir, another trader said, the price of lettuce has gone up to Dh6 a kg, and a box of red apple is costing Dh18.

“Prices in Ajman central vegetable and fruits markets are less compared to other markets,” he added.

According to a consumer, Al Rasheed Obaid, the price of a 2kg peach box has gone up from Dh6 to Dh 8.

He attributed the rise in prices of essential commodities to the greed of traders and suppliers.

Bahi Badr Al Tuhami, another consumer who was shopping at the vegetable market, expressed concern over the increase in the prices of food products, saying that just three days before Ramadan he bought a medium-sized potato box crate for Dh12, which is now being sold for Dh14.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, a top official from Ajman Municipality stressed that the inspectors were working round the clock to keep a check on prices of eatable items during Ramadan.

He also urged the public to lodge a complaint with the municipality’s emergency section if they come across sellers resorting to price hikes.



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