Between March 2021 and March 2020, prices of vegetables in Oman decreased by 11.6 per cent. Fruit prices went down 2.95 per cent YoY, according to data from by National Centre for Statistics and Information.
However, the costs of other goods listed on the consumer price index rose slightly. Small increase was reported in the amount customers have to pay for bread and cereals (1.07 per cent), meat (0.91 per cent), and oils and fats (1.85 per cent).
“The shipping expenses for tomatoes from Europe, for example, are higher than the ones from, say, Jordan, and of course, if you buy them locally, then they are often the cheapest,” one retail manager told timesofoman.com.
Customers visiting supermarkets also said many vegetables were more affordable now. “Most of my essential vegetables, such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions, pumpkins and many others are now being sold really cheap,” said one customer. “Times are challenging now, so these low prices make it easier for us to buy food for our families.”
Grocery prices in the capital have, overall, dropped by 0.23 per cent.