Lockdown lowers food prices, forces Mayuge market traders out of business

A matooke trader waits for customers. In Mayuge, the price has dropped. Courtesy photo.


By Fred Siminyu

Mayuge—9, July 2020: The prolonged countrywide Covid-19 lockdown has negatively impacted on food sales in Mayuge town, forcing most traders to either lower the prices or fall out of business.

Affected are those who deal in perishable foodstuffs, fruits and green vegetables such as cabbage, sukumawiiki, sweet potatoes, cassava, green maize, passion fruits, jack fruits and tomatoes in the central market.

A courtesy call into the market will reveal heavily parked food stalls of near to decomposing fruits, foodstuffs and green vegetables.

Most stalls are, however, out of operation because the owners have given up because of lack of customers.

Rubbish heaps and dustbins have over filled; with decomposing fruits, foodstuffs and green vegetables. They are now being enjoyed by a large swarm of green flies. “This is a common and normal scenery in Mayuge town,” TND News correspondent, Fred Siminyu reports.

The prices of fruits, foodstuffs and green vegetables have drastically fallen where a bunch of matooke which used to cost twenty-five thousand shillings in January this year now costs twelve thousand shillings only.

A kilogramme of passion fruit is now three thousand shillings instead of seven thousand previously.

Unfortunately, instead of blaming the misfortune on the coronavirus pandemic, traders have turned all guns to President Museveni and blamed him for prolonging the lockdown.

One of the traders, Hellen Kagoya, a dealer in matooke says last week she lost half of her stock worth over three million shillings.

She tells this publication that he bunches of matooke got ripened due to lack of customers.

Kagoya, like all her colleagues, attributes the lack of customers on the high level of poverty caused by the lockdown and appeals to government to end the lockdown.

“Unless President Museveni changes his mind on the lockdown, I will soon, like the rest of my friends, close this business,” she said.

More than a fortnight ago, President Museveni on behalf of his government eased the lockdown in which he directed reopening of wholesale and retail shops, in addition to issuing a lighter restrictions on food markets.

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