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Fourty six trucks carrying food items arrive in Juba

By Nichola Dominic Mandil

At least forty-six trucks carrying assortment of food items arrived in Juba over the weekend in a bid to alleviate the suffering of the citizens.

The goods were purchased and imported by Ramciel Trade and Investment Limited Company in line with government’s policy of combatting price hike and mitigate the suffering of the citizens.

Residents of Juba have been complaining of price hike over the past few weeks. They lament what they described as “abnormal skyrocketing” of prices in the different markets: Juba market, Konykonyo market and Custom market.

Speaking at the time of arrival of the trucks, the representative of Ramciel Co. Ltd, George Luate, told the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) that the goods will be distributed to different centres in Juba. 

“We focused most on items that are being consumed a lot especially maize flour, we have increased the quantity of maize flour, and we have also increased the quantity of sugar and cooking oil,” Mr. Luate said.

“The quantities that we have brought, we have twenty-two trucks of maize flour, we have sugar ten trucks, and we have five trucks of cooking oil, and we have five trucks of rice, and we have two trucks of salt, and if you sum them up, the total is 46 trucks,” Mr. Luate added.

He disclosed that the company also bought some assorted items for their mini-supper markets, which he said they are supplying.

“We are very happy that this consignment is going to rescue the people of South Sudan—especially in Juba, and our prices as usual are below the market price because our main objective is that we want the ordinary citizens to be able to buy these food items at affordable prices at their residential areas,” Mr. Luate explained.

Juba Monitor surveys on the market price over the past two weeks reported skyrocketing of prices especially at; Juba market, the central market “Konyokonyo” and Custom market. 

Retail sellers have always grumbled that wholesalers sell them the items at high prices and as a result, they sell the items at exorbitant amounts in order to avoid the losses. 

However, traders who import goods from abroad blame the price hike on the scarcity of the dollar. Most of these businessmen and businesswomen buy dollar in what is commonly known as black market. 

Over the week, one US dollar was sold at “190” South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) in the so-called “black market”

 

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