ALGIERS- Since the beginning of Ramadan, the prices of fruits and vegetables in Algiers markets have soared. Compared to the prices applied before the holy month and to the reference prices fixed by the commerce ministry, in order to clamp down on speculation, those currently applied are much higher.
Despite the reference prices set by the Ministry of Commerce in anticipation of this month, coinciding with the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, the prices of fruit and vegetables in Algiers are experiencing a considerable increase, both wholesale and retail.
Indeed, the prices of fruit and vegetables in the wholesale markets of Eucalyptus and the retail markets of Meissonier, Ali-Melah, Ruisseau and Hussein-Dey, hardly match the reference prices set a few days ago, by the Ministry of Commerce, reports this Saturday the daily newspaper Le Soir d’Algérie.
Thus, the retail prices of “tomato, zucchini, garlic, date lettuce and bananas” were not respected. However, potato prices are experiencing “a certain stability”.
As a result, retailers explain this increase by that recorded at the level of wholesale markets, like the Eucalyptus market.
In addition, containment measures have also been cited as the source of these disturbances.