Basic commodity prices in Bor town are on the rise since last week.
Residents in Bor town, Jonglei state, said basic commodity prices have been rising since last week.
A 20-liter jerrycan of cooking oil now costs 20,000 SSP, up from 16,000 SSP, while a 25-kilogram bag of dried beans and grains costs 9,500 SSP, up from 8,000 SSP.
Several Bor locals revealed to NCMP over the weekend that they cannot afford the increased commodities costs in a Radio Tamazuj broadcast.
According to Achol Ayii, people are in pain.
“A bag of sugar used to cost 15,000 SSP, but today it costs 20,000.” This rise is excessive. People are hurting, and we just cannot afford it,” Ayii lamented.
Kur John, another Bor resident, urged the government to intervene, claiming that the price increases had increased the cost of living in the town.
Ayuen Kur Ajok, deputy secretary-general of the state chamber of commerce, ascribed the spike to limited commodity supply.
“The rise is due to delays in clearing haulage trucks at the Nimule crossing point and several taxes, which caused supply to decline,” he said.
Kur, on the other hand, said that they would work with the government to stabilize commodities prices.
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