The New Times (Kigali)

18 February 2013

Rwanda: Food Prices Stable in Kimironko, Remera Markets

Prices for the majority of foodstuffs have remained stable when compared with last week. In Kimironko and Remera markets a kilo of sugar costs Rwf700, but it is at Rwf800 in supermarket around Kimironko towm. Fresh beans are at Rwf600 a kilo, while dry ones cost Rwf450.

This is unchanged compared to last week. Other prices that did not experience movements are for cassava flour that sold at Rwf450 per kilogramme, while cassava tubers sold at Rwf1,000 per kilo. Fresh bananas were Rwf130, while Irish potatoes cost Rwf200 and sweet potatoes Rwf160. Pumpkins ranged from Rwf2,000 each, depending on the size.

A kilo of onions was at Rwf500, while carrots were at Rwf400 per kilogramme. Tomatoes sold at Rwf600, while peas were at Rwf1,200 a kilo.

Sweet bananas were ranging from Rwf1,000 per cluster to Rwf1,500 in supermarkets, but cost between Rwf800 and Rwf1,000 per cluster, depending on then on the size, in the two markets.

A kilogramme of oranges was at between Rwf1,500 and Rwf2,000, while passions fruits cost Rwf1,000 per kilo.

Beef was sold at Rwf2,000 in markets and Rwf2,400 in supermarket, which is decrease compared to last week when it cost up to Rwf2,500 a kilogramme.

Traders who spoke to Business Times said the prices were high because some of the foodstuffs are imported from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

However, some clients said prices in Remera and Kimironko markets were more affordable compared to other markets.

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