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Prices of vegetables and fruits ‘unjustifiably high’ say consumers

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An undated photo of a produce market in Amman. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Consumers complained about the unprecedentedly and unjustified high prices of vegetables and fruits in the markets, where a kilogram of tomatoes reached 900 fils, of eggplant reached JD1, and of zucchini reached 900 fils, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Consumers wondered if the increase in prices is due to the repercussions of the war in Ukraine, and they also ask why regulatory authorities fail to set prices.

Secretary-General of the Farmers Union Mahmoud Al-Oran said that the increase in the prices of vegetables and fruits was caused by the “greed” of some traders and the absence of regulatory authorities.

Oran attributed the decrease in the supply of some varieties to weather factors, including the frost wave that affected Jordan during the winter season and damaged large farms, and to the low temperatures that affected the production of some varieties.

Oran called on the regulatory authorities, represented by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply, to intervene and monitor the markets and set price ceilings.

On Monday, speaking in Mafraq, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said that the government will be vigilant about monitoring prices of goods in light of current world events and the advent of Ramadan.

He also said that Jordan has overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and is now looking past it.

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