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Saudi Arabia: 200 percent rise in prices of fruit and vegetablesPrices of fruits and vegetables went up by about 200 percent in the retail shops and supermarkets just before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Al-Madina reported on Tuesday, quoting market sources. A number of traders and suppliers confirmed the rise in prices and told consumers to buy what they needed from the central fruit and vegetable market in Jeddah (the Halaqa).
Mohammed Al-Johani, deputy chairman of the foodstuff committee of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), confirmed that the prices of fruits and vegetables in retail shops and supermarkets had risen by about 200 percent. Johani said most of the vegetables are sold at double their prices in retail shops while in the Halaqa, prices are quite reasonable.
He recalled that the agricultural products come directly from the farms to the auction in the Halaqa where their prices are fixed before being distributed to supermarkets and retail shops which sell them at extremely high prices.
Publication date: 5/16/2018
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