Prices of some vegetables drop, ‘yet expected to rise again’

Vegetable Prices
The higher prices of some vegetables, witnessed recently, was due to lower supplies, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Supply. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply said the prices of some vegetables have gone down after the increase in the quantities supplied to the market; the prices of others have stayed unchanged.اضافة اعلان

Ministry spokesperson Yanal Barmawi told Jordan News that official ministry figures show that the prices of six items, including potatoes, lemons, onions, cauliflower, and green peppers, are unchanged, but “the prices of four other items, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, carrots, dropped by 6 to 16 percent.

The quantities of vegetables and fruits supplied to the central market increased, “reaching about 3,000 tons on Saturday”, said Barmawi.

The higher prices of some vegetables, witnessed recently, was due to lower supplies, said Barmawi, “and that resulted from the frost that affected the crops and reduced the quantity of produce”.

He indicated that the prices will remain within their limits as long as there is no shortage in the quantities supplied.

Citizens have complained about the prices of many types of vegetables, which are, many say, still rising, and stress the need to tighten “government control” over the pricing of many items, which now is being dictated by the traders who exaggerate.

Citizen Jamal Jihad told Jordan News that prices of vegetables and fruit vary from one place to another, and that the prices of some kinds are still “high, and beyond us”.

He added that the government should monitor the markets that raise produce prices “twice, and even more. I do not know how it works that sometimes I buy tomatoes for 10 piaster, and sometimes the price reaches 500 fils or more per kilogram. One should bear in mind that some needy families only eat vegetables because they cannot afford to buy meat, for example”.

In a previous interview with Jordan News, the head of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union, Adnan Khaddam, had said that the government has to help the agricultural sector, since the farmers are going through hard times, at all levels, and warned that another rise in the prices of vegetables and fruits could be expected “if the situation of farmers remains as it is.”

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