The lemon prices in Dar es Salaam have dropped off sharply -by 75 per cent- for a 50-kg sack, due to a recent supply increase. The price plummeted from Sh200,000 (€72) last month to 50,000 (€18) yesterday after farmers, according to traders, experienced bumper harvest.
A Daily News spot survey in some markets in Ilala and Ubungo districts revealed that there were bumper crops in Shinyanga, Morogoro and Tanga, pushing down wholesale prices considerably.
A lemon trader at IlalaBoma Market complained about low revenues, despite a great supply. He said they were receiving over five sacks a day compared to one sack a month ago. “The business is there despite low prices. This makes it difficult to realise profit.”
He noted that due to bumper crop customers were not coming to IlalaBoma Market as lemon suppliers were selling the fruit at many other markets on the city outskirts. Most of the lemons are coming from Shinyanga, Morogoro and Tanga depending on the season.
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