HIGH transportation costs, coupled with increasing demand in southern Sudan have kept foodstuff prices relatively up despite increased supplies, The New Vision weekly survey has shown.
There has been a hike in pump fuel prices due to escalating international crude oil prices as a result of increased demand from China and tension between the West and Iran. In spite of the harvesting season, the prices have remained higher than expected.
Traders attributed the high prices to expensive fuel that has forced transporters to hike fares.
They also said there was high demand in southern Sudan where most of the supplies go, leaving behind relatively low stocks.
â€œFuel prices have gone up. This has affected foodstuff prices because transporters charge high fares,â€ said Betty Nagita, a matooke dealer.
John Mugisa, another trader, said, â€œRegional demand is high. Arua and southern Sudan traders are buying everything.â€ Ends
Transport costs push food prices up