The price of round potatoes has gone down by one-third, pushing more demand though failed to cut down the price of chips. The price decline was the result of good harvest experienced in the supplying areas of Southern Highlands and northern part of Tanzania. A spot survey showed that a sack of 100 kg was sold at Sh60,000/-, down yesterday from Sh90,000/- three months ago.
The Mabibo market in Ubungo district is the largest for round potato market in Dar es Salaam and receives supply mainly from Njombe, Iringa, Mbeya, Arusha, Tanga and Kilimanjaro. The potato season is between June and November. The market is said to receive between 35 and 40 trucks per day compared to 10 per day three months ago. The trucks are carrying between 200 and 300 sacks of potatoes each.
Another Mabibo trader Ms Eliza Athanas said that the business turnaround is good thanks to the low price of the round potatoes. However, the survey in various parts of the city showed that despite potato prices going down by 30 per cent French fries prices continue to remain the same since the beginning of the year.
[ Sh100 = € 0.037 ]