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Misery for households as fish prices skyrocket

November 7, 2016 By Emmanuel Okyne (Intern)

Consumers across the municipality of Freetown have raised concern what they describe as skyrocketing prices of fish in the market amids the current economic hardship in the entire country.

One Zainab Conteh, who spoke to Concord Times, expressed frustration that the lowest price of fish has considerably increased from Le5, 000 for a pack to Le10, 000, adding that most homes have diverted their meagre resources to buying imported chicken as a result.

Mrs. Conteh said she used to spend Le30,000 to Le40, 000 Leones to buy basic commodities for the household, but now spend more than that amount to feed her family.

Mrs. Fatmata Turay, owner of an eatery in central Freetown, said due to increase in the prices of basic commodities, she has had to increase prices of meals, adding that a dish of food that used to go for Le10,000 is now sold for Le15,000.

A fishmonger at Congo Market, Marvell Kamara, told Concord Times that the price of fish is largely determined by the wholesale price per cartoon, which according to her has increased from Le180, 000 to Le220, 000.

Amara Bengali, a fisherman at the Goderich Wharf, says the high prices are as a result of bad weather condition which in turn means low fish catch for fishermen.

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