Fresh Fruit Prices Shoot Up

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John Mulaza, a fresh fruit vendor trader in Jinja central market says a sack of oranges costs UGX 80,000 from UGX 35,000, a basket of tangerines goes for UGX 70,000 up from UGX 30,000.

The prices of fresh foods have suddenly shot up in Jinja as the year comes to an end raising concern amongst fruit vendors.
 
The affected crops include pineapples, oranges, water melon, mangoes, beet root and tangerines amongst others. John Mulaza, a fresh fruit vendor trader in Jinja central market says a sack of oranges costs UGX 80,000 from UGX 35,000, a basket of tangerines goes for UGX 70,000 up from UGX 30,000. 
 
A two kilogram pineapple goes for UGX 4000 up from UGX 1300. Mulaza blames the sudden hike in the fruit prices to supply problems.
 
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Isaac Mugaya, fresh fruit vendor at Lubas Road market attributes the hike in the fresh fruit prices to supply problems.
 
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Mugaya explains that, transporting a sack of oranges from Soroti to Jinja costs UGX 15000 from UGX 6000. He says that the cost of transporting fruits from Luuka, Kamuli, Namutumba and Buyende districts has also doubled because of the bad road network.
 
But Faridah Naiwumbwe, the manager Jinja fresh fruits distributors accuses the vendors of hiking the fruit prices just to maximize profits, adding that, there is no justification for the increase. Naiwumbwe says the sudden price hike has largely affected consumers because they can't buy the quantity of the fruits they plan for. 

Joyce Mulebeke, a parent says she buys less fresh fruits compared to what is needed for her family because of the high cost.