Food And Commodity Prices On The Rise

Traders take stock of their goods in Torit. Most of the commodities consumed and sold in the local markets are imported from the neighbouring countries. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

In Torit town, the 50 Kilogram bag of sugar has risen from 215 South Sudanese pounds (SSP) recently to 245 with the 50 Kilogram bag of maize flour rising from 90 SSP to 115 SSSP adn there are fears that the prices could even go higher in the coming days.

On kilogram of Sugar in the entire Market of Torit has just risen from 4 or 5 to 6 SSP only happening this week.

Equally, one bag of 50-Kilogram of Sorghum is costing between 70 and 65 SSP from a recent lower price of 50 SSP and a 50-Kilogram bag of Maize has climbed sharply from 60 to 75 SSP.

Other commodities with increased price include beans costing 5 SSP per kilogram, onions from 5 to 7 SSP per kilogram and charcoal from between 50 and 70 to 90 SSPs.

One box of bar soaps has also risen from 65 SSP to 75 SSP, a difference of 10 SSP while one package of salt has risen from 35 SSP to 45 SSP.

Most traders have promised to increase prices in the coming days.

Most of the commodities consumed and sold in the local markets are imported from the neighbouring countries and the traders incur losses in transporting the commodities on poor roads.

However, good news for the residents of Torit is the price drop in cooking oil and rice that have witnessed considerable decrease in the recent weeks.

One bag of 50-Kilogram of rice has dropped down from 195 SSP to now 180 SSP while a price of 20 litre-cooking oil has decreased to 115 SSP down from 125 SSP.

However, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, the South Sudan annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) decreased by 11.1% from June 2012 to June 2013.

The CPI decreased by 13.4% in Juba, 11.7% in Wau and increase by 3.8% in Malakal from June 2012 to June 2013.

The CPI decrease was mainly driven by Low food prices.

The South Sudan monthly CPI decreased by 0.4% from May to June 2013.

The annual growth in the CPI for South Sudan was 16.0% in April 2013, compared to 29.6% for April 2012.

The rising prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages in the period were mainly driven by bread and cereals.

Since July 2011, a national CPI has been published for South Sudan.

The Consumer Price Index is an index which tracks the price of a representative basket of goods and services consumed by households in South Sudan. The composition of the goods and services in the basket reflects consumption of the average household in South Sudan.

The change in the CPI over time indicates how much more expensive it is for the average household to continue consuming the same basket of goods and services. The percentage change in the CPI is consumer price inflation. It is an important tool to measure both development of the economy and the welfare of households.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), formerly known as the Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation (SSCCSE), is the official statistical agency of the Government of South Sudan.

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