11 May 2012

Gambia: Monitoring the Prices of Rice and Meat

Consumers of rice and meat approached this reporter raising concerns over the recent price hike of rice and meat in the market.

Foroyaa visited Serrekunda market and Abuko Abbatoir to talk to both business persons and butchers involved in these sectors respectively.

At the Serrekunda market, Foroyaa was informed that the price of rice has been steady for the period of April and May except the rice brand dubbed'Sadam' rice which has risen up.

According to rice dealers and retailers the rice that remains to be most popular with consumers is the American rice; that its 50kg bag costs between D875 - D885, whilst Sadam rice is costing D1225 for a 50kg bag. Another brand the 'Asia Golden' rice costs D850 for 50kg while Bogou rice costs D850 for 50kg. 'Copacabana rice' costs D860 for 50kg bag while 25kg bag of the American rice is sold at D440.

For the price of meat, our reporter was told at the Abuko Abattoir that meat and bones cost D100 whilst steak costs D120. The butchers however expressed concern over the high cost of animals and licenses which they said cost them D1000.00 yearly. They also narrated that they are paying D210.00 at the slaughtering center for every cattle and D75.00 for small ruminants. They said they also pay for a medical certificate for D150.00.

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