Ramadan essentials 40% cheaper in 2024

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AMMAN – On Saturday, the General Manager of the Civil Service Consumer Corporation, Salman Al-Qudah, stated that the prices of Ramadan goods for this year will be lower than last year’s prices.اضافة اعلان

Qudah emphasized that the prices of various food items, such as sugar, rice, and vegetable oils, have decreased by up to 40 percent compared to the same period before last year’s Ramadan, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Additionally, the corporation has completed its preparations for Ramadan by procuring large quantities of Ramadan goods to meet the expected demand. These goods include nuts like walnuts and almonds, dates, apricots, coconuts, various types of quick-preparation soups, juices, raisins, creams, cheeses, dairy products, and different kinds of legumes. Each item has multiple brands, allowing citizens to choose their preferred options.

Qudah further assured that all goods have undergone laboratory tests by the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) and the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO) before being introduced to markets.

Furthermore, in order to meet the increased demand, the corporation has offered all high-demand Ramadan goods ahead of time. These goods have been available for purchase for about two weeks.

Qudah encouraged citizens to take advantage of the current discounts and promotional offers, which apply to more than 300 food and non-food items, with discounts of up to 40 percent.

Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply reassures citizens
Meanwhile, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply Yousef Al-Shamali reaffirmed Qudah’s statements. Shamali reassured the public that Jordan will maintain a substantial inventory of essential food items and goods. During his inspection of commodity storage warehouses in Juwaida, Shamali reported that commodity prices are stable, providing stability through the end of Ramadan 2024 despite challenges in maritime shipping due to events in the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb Strait.

Also, he assured that vegetables are available at prices lower than in previous years during the same period. Notably, local garlic has been supplied to the central vegetable market at competitive prices, mitigating price increases.

Regarding garlic consumption, the daily need ranges from 10 to 12 tonnes, while approximately 15 tonnes are supplied to the central vegetable market.

Challenges in the meat market
However, events in the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait have posed challenges to the import of fresh refrigerated meat. The shelf life of lamb meat is limited to 90 days, while veal meat remains viable for 120 days. Foreign companies have been reluctant to export to Jordan and the region due to longer shipping routes via the Red Sea, affecting the meat’s freshness.

The traders have resorted to air freight for meat imports, which is a costlier method, leading to an increase in the prices of refrigerated meats.

However, Shamali expressed confidence in the availability of multiple meat alternatives, providing consumers with more choices despite rising prices for refrigerated meats due to events in the Red Sea.

The government and citizens’ duties
He commended the private sector for its outstanding performance and high level of responsibility, especially during times of crisis. The private sector has demonstrated its ability to supply various goods and products in the local market.

Shamali instructed regulatory authorities to intensify their inspections of markets, especially during Ramadan, and take action against anyone who unjustifiably raises prices or violates other regulations in accordance with the law.

The minister encouraged citizens to share their observations regarding product availability and prices. They can contact the ministry through the following:

●Phone: 06-5661176
●Ministry’s Facebook page
●Email: info@mit.gov.jo

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