The conflicts that are taking place in the department of Cochabamba, a region in Bolivia that produces bananas and papayas, have led to an increase in these products' prices at the market of Tarija, as reported by the municipal mayor, Ronald Miranda.
The blockages are preventing fresh products from arriving normally to their destination, Miranda stated. "That's why prices are skyrocketing. Hopefully, this situation will improve and fruit prices will normalize," he said.
According to the mayor, prices have risen by more than 200 percent due to the shortage of products. "A dozen bananas, which used to cost 5 Bolivians, now cost 14 Bolivians. The banana was the most economically accessible fruit for the population," he said.