Foodstuff prices increase in Kigali on low supply

Prices of some foodstuff and other commodities have continued to rise in most markets in Kigali, a mini-survey by Business Times indicates. A kilogramme of Irish potatoes now costs Rwf350 in most city markets, up from Rwf290 a week ago.
Foodstuff prices continue to go up despite the onset of rains. (Appolonia Uwanziga.)
Foodstuff prices continue to go up despite the onset of rains. (Appolonia Uwanziga.)

Prices of some foodstuff and other commodities have continued to rise in most markets in Kigali, a mini-survey by Business Times indicates. A kilogramme of Irish potatoes now costs Rwf350 in most city markets, up from Rwf290 a week ago.

The price of fresh peas has risen by Rwf400, to Rwf1,600 a kilogramme in Kimironko Market, up from Rwf1,200 last week, while that of fresh beans increased from Rwf500 to Rwf550 per kilo. Passion fruits now go for Rwf1,500, up from Rwf1,200, while the price of mangoes is up by Rwf300 to Rwf1,600, from Rwf1,300. Oranges are at Rwf1,500 a kilogramme in Nyarugenge market.

 

Tomatoes cost Rwf6,000 a basin, from Rwf5,000, onions are at Rwf900 per kilo from Rwf850, while carrots go for Rwf650 per kilo compared to Rwf500 the previous week. The price of cabbages ranges from Rwf300 to Rwf500 in most city markets, depending on size, while pumpkins are between Rwf500 and Rwf600, with avocado going for Rwf200 each.

 

Bread (weighing 1kg) ranges from Rwf900 to Rwf2,000, depending on the brand, type or size, and whether one buys from a supermarket or neighbourhood shop. Sugar is between Rwf700 and Rwf850 a kilo, the price of milk ranges from Rwf400 to Rwf500 per litre across the city and suburbs.

 

A 25-kg bag of maize flour costs between Rwf12,000 and Rwf13,000, depending on location, while cassava flour is between Rwf350 and Rwf500 per kilo.
Traders attributed the increase in the price foodstuff to low supply from key producing areas. They were, however, optimistic prices would drop following the onset of the rainy season.

Paw paws are at Rwf400 each, watermelons cost between Rwf2,300 and Rwf2,800 each in Batsinda Market, depending on size; while sweet potatoes cost Rwf300 per kilogramme.

A bar of soap ranges from Rwf400 to Rwf600, depending on location or whether one buys from a neighbourhood shop or supermarket, while a five-litre jerrycan of vegetable cooking oil is at Rwf6,200.

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