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Sugar Price Hike
The price of sugar in Lautoka supermarkets skyrocketed on Tuesday 22 March. I was at the Lautoka market at around 11 am when the wife of a market vendor showed me the cash receipt which read $6.75. One unusual thing about the receipt was that it did not give the unit price or the quantity bought. It just had Sugar and the total amount. And the receipt was not very clear. Someone wrote an article sometime ago about cash register receipts that are printed on thermal paper. Was it done like that so that the price of the items would disappear in a short time? Receipt need to be in ink that is readable for a long time.
At around 6 pm I was at the Lautoka market and met juice sellers who told me that the price of sugar had increased. Some of them had bought sugar in the morning and it had cost them around $4 for 4 kilograms, those who went a few hours later had to pay $6.75.
There a few questions that I’m sure the rest of the citizens —and the juice vendors— would like to ask:
- How did the price go up without any prior indication in the media from authorities?
- Is the sugar they bought imported or local?
- If it is imported, will the price come down again if local sugar is once again sold?
One vendor mentioned that the Previous Prices (PIB) and Income Board used to have a column in the newspapers where the PIB would show the price of basic food items and if there was going to be an price increase in any item.
Something is amiss in the sudden price hike of sugar and I’m sure all shoppers would like to know what happened to cause it to skyrocket in just one day.