BUJUMBURA November 9th (ABP) – The prices of basic foodstuffs are on the rise in the Kinama market in the urban commune of Ntahangwa, we learn from sellers, some of whom attribute that to the scarcity of fuel and others to the period of seedlings.
The proponents of the first thesis point out that transporters spend a whole day in search of fuel, the reason why they are forced to revise upwards the price of transport which is reflected in the price of foodstuffs. For the others, the sowing period is always difficult because the farmers have no more food because they have reserved everything for seeds, which means that on the market, demand is greater than supply.
Shopping around various food stalls, a check by ABP found that the price of seed corn is between 1,350 and 1,400 BIF per kilogram (kg), while that of rice fluctuates between 2,000 and 3,000BIF, depending on the quality. The price of dry beans is between 1200 and 2000 BIF per kg, depending on the quality.
In addition, the price of potatoes varies between 900 and 1,100 BIF per kg, while that of fresh peas is 5,000 BIF per kg. One kg of soybeans can be bought at 2,800 BIF and that of wheat at 1,700 BIF. The price of cassava flour is between 1000 and 1500 BIF per kg, while sweet potato costs 1000 BIF for a big pile of big sweet potatoes. A pile of three medium-sized cassava is sold for 3000 BIF, while a pile of five large-sized bananas costs 1000 BIF. Three small tomatoes cost 500 BIF, while three medium sized one’s cost 1000 BIF.
A kilo of Ndagala varies between 25,000 and 30,000 BIF, depending on the quality. One kilogram of bone-in cow meat is 10,000 BIF, while one kilogram of boneless meat is 12,000 BIF. Red onions cost 2,000 BIF per kilo, while white onions can be bought at 1,600 BIF.