Food Prices Soar in Soroti

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In short
At Soroti main markets and other satellite markets within Soroti municipality, the price of yellow beans has increased from shillings 1,500 to between shillings 2,500 and 3,000 a kilogramme, while a kilogramme of sim-sim has jumped from shillings 3,500 to between 4,500 and 4,800 shillings currently.

Residents and produce dealers in Soroti district are struggling to get to terms with the soaring prices of various food items.

Soroti district is among the areas currently facing shortages of food items emanating from drought and poor harvests during first and second rainy seasons.
 
At Soroti main markets and other satellite markets within Soroti municipality, the price of yellow beans has increased from shillings 1,500 to between shillings 2,500 and 3,000 a kilogramme, while a kilogramme of sim-sim has jumped from shillings 3,500 to between 4,500 and 4,800 shillings currently.
 
Maize meal or posho is sold between shillings 2,000 and 2,400, and a kilogramme of rice is selling at shillings 3,200 and groundnuts at between 4,000 and 4,500 shillings depending on the grade.
  
Faridah Nantono, a produce dealer at Soroti main market expects more increment in prices of various food items in the coming weeks.
 
Nantono says a kilogramme of maize is currently selling between 1,000 and 1,200 shillings depending on the quality.
  
Stella Egiru, a trader at Soroti industrial area says that besides inadequate supply of food by farmers there is overwhelming demand and available market from produce buyers coming neighbouring countries like Kenya, and South Sudan.
 
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Egiru expects the situation to worsen by next year since there is no proper production by farmers.
 
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Simon Peter Edoru, the district Local Council five vice chairperson, says the prices of food stuffs are expected to stay high until the new season in March or April.
 
He says the situation has been made worse by the high demand for Ugandan foods by markets in South Sudan, Kenya and other neighbouring countries.
 
On Tuesday, the Soroti district leadership sent a desperate demand for relief food items from the government to be sent to the area to rescue over 10,000 families said to be on the verge of starving.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.