BeansIn spite of the prevailing low prices (sh1,800 to sh2,000 a kilogram), traders in Nakasero, Nakawa, Kibuye and Owino markets say the demand for beans is still low. They attribute this to the rising price of charcoal.
BeansIn spite of the prevailing low prices (sh1,800 to sh2,000 a kilogram), traders in Nakasero, Nakawa, Kibuye and Owino markets say the demand for beans is still low. They attribute this to the rising price of charcoal. Beans take long to cook. Sales in beans, which were one of the most purchased food items, have gone down by 40%. In Nakasero market, Mark Okello, a trader, said before the charcoal crisis, he used to make over sh100,000 on a good day on bean sales alone, unlike the sh50,000 he gets today. In Kibuye market, Sarah Musisi, a wholesale trader, says on a good day, she can go home with a mere sh80,000 from sh150,000 she used to make before the charcoal crisis.
The supply of tomatoes in Kampala markets has reduced and made the prices to go up. By end of last week, a kilogram of tomatoes in Nakasero and Kibuye markets had gone up by sh500, selling at sh2,500. The small bowl that was previously costing sh6,000 was being sold for sh10,000 to sh11,000.
The supply of onions to the market went down towards the close of last week. The shortage from the producing areas led to a hike in prices in the Kampala markets of Nakawa, Nakasero, Owino, Kibuye and Kalerwe. In Owino and Kalerwe markets, a kilogram that was previously selling at sh1,500 rose to sh1,800. In Nakasero, Kibuye and Nakawa markets, the kilogram went up to sh2,000 from sh1,800. A small bowl in Kalerwe market was selling at sh4,000 from sh3,500. In Nakasero, Nakawa and Kibuye markets, the small bowl previously costing sh4,000 rose to sh5,000, while the cost of the big bowl rose from sh8,000 to sh10,000.
Market Guide: Demand for beans drops