22 goods see increase in price since Ramadan start, report finds

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AMMAN — The National Society of Consumer Protection conducted a comparative field study on the prices of 35 basic goods before and after 10 days of Ramadan. The study revealed that the prices of 22 goods had increased, prompting the association to call for price ceilings on some goods.اضافة اعلان

Hussein Al-Amoush, the association's spokesperson, called the current rise in food prices "unprecedented" compared to previous years. The study found that the prices of 22 vegetable items had increased by 23.8 percent, with only cucumber experiencing a decrease in price, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

Report findingsAccording to the report, cauliflower saw the highest percentage increase at 50 percent, followed by local beans at 40 percent, and red onions, garlic, classic and small eggplants, and green peppers at 33.3 percent. Potatoes increased by 30 percent, and tomatoes by 20 percent.

The lowest increase was observed in the price of beans at 14.2 percent.

The study also revealed that all types of red meat, both local and imported, had increased in price. The price of local lamb had increased by 16.6 percent to JD14 per kilogram, and local veal had increased by 11.7 percent. Imported lamb and veal had increased by 6.6 percent to 11.7 percent and 6.25 percent, respectively.

According to the statement, the prices of basic goods such as rice, sugar, ghee, eggs, and some types of milk had already increased before Ramadan and remained high. Cheese prices, which are used in making traditional sweets, increased by 20 percent to 25 percent despite being locally produced.

ViolationsThe study also found that major supermarkets and stores in Amman and other cities had adhered to the price ceilings set by the ministry on chicken prices. However, there were violations and non-compliance with price ceilings for chicken offal by some farmers and small shops in remote villages, necessitating tighter control and monitoring in these places and farms.

The goods compared in the study were essential and cannot be ignored on the tables of Jordanians during Ramadan, said Mohammad Obaidat, the president of the society. These goods included vegetables, red and white meat, and some basic supplies such as sugar, rice, eggs, milk, and cheese used in making traditional sweets.

Obaidat called the consecutive price increases in most vegetable varieties a heavy burden on Jordanians who are already struggling with difficult economic conditions. He also called for a halt to the export of sheep during the holy month of Ramadan, as there is a local demand for this meat, and prices should return to their previous levels.

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