Fresh increase in fruit prices in Algeria

Fresh rise in fruit prices in Algeria. Bananas, pears, strawberries, figs, apples are inaccessible to medium and small purses.

Strawberries cost 400 dinars, bananas are sold between 700 and 1000 dinars per kilo, grapes cost more than 280 dinars, figs cost 750 dinars in some markets…

A finding confirmed by the President of the Consumer Protection Association (APOCE), Mustapha Zebdi.

“The prices for this season’s fruit are very expensive. We are no longer in the affordable price situation of previous years. Even the watermelon, which costs 30-40 DA per kilo, is very rare to find at this price. The nectarine costs between 250 and 350 DA/kg. For us, these are always high prices,” he comments.

And to take the banana as an example, the prices of which are lowest in summer. “It’s a very competitive product and it drives seasonal fruit prices down. Due to the shortage of bananas, local fruits have not seen the decline that we have seen in the past,” he illustrates. For Mr. Zebdi, the small quantities of bananas available on the Algerian market have led to speculation.

The Explanations of the Union of Algerian Merchants

Contacted by TSA, the Secretary-General of the General Union of Algerian Traders (UGCAA), Hazab Benchohra, believes the price of bananas has not risen in origin countries and accuses Algerian intermediaries of skyrocketing prices.

“As far as I know, the price of bananas has not increased in Ecuador or in any other producing country,” he says. “We want price stability. The potato is the vegetable that pulls the prices of other vegetables up or down, and as for fruit, it’s the banana. If we manage to keep the prices of these two products at reasonable levels, the market will stabilize,” explained Mr. Benchohra.

The Secretary General of the UGCAA regrets the lack of data on the quantities of fruit and vegetables produced that are required by the market.

“We’re getting close,” he said. “As long as we don’t know what our needs are in each product, as long as we have no idea if there’s a surplus or a shortage, we won’t change anything,” he stresses.

On the other hand, the SG of the UGCAA evokes the element related to the rule of supply and demand, which means that the availability of this or that other product determines the selling price on the market.

In order to stabilize prices, Mr. Benchohra reiterates that it is necessary to organize the market. “If we stay in this state, we have a problem every day,” he admits.

The problem of speculation is another factor that causes the prices of consumer goods in Algeria to reach unbearable thresholds, the dealers’ representative reminds and warns those who indulge in these practices to comply with the new regulations related to the fight against this scourge to suspend.

“Speculators have to pay,” demands Mr. Benchohra, who wants the market to be supplied regularly, but emphasizes that the aim is not to flood it to the point of a drastic drop in prices and inflict losses on traders.

The consumption behavior of Algerians is also highlighted by the SG of the UGCAA, which advocates a “culture of consumption”.

“If the price of a product is very high, we give it up and prices go down. Otherwise we do the business of the speculators who cling to high prices by convincing ourselves of the demand,” explains Benchohra.

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