Apac Traders Hike prices of Essential Commodities

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As a result, traders have decided to hike prices of essential commodities such as sugar, soap, rice and salt.

Prices of essential commodities in Apac have shot up following heavy rains that have cut off major roads in the district. Last week, roads connecting Apac to Lira, Oyam and Kole districts were cut off after two major bridges were submerged by floods affecting public transport. The affected bridges are Arocha Bridge in Aduku Township and Arocha Bridge that crosses over Arocha swamp. As a result, traders have decided to hike prices of essential commodities such as sugar, soap, rice and salt.  A bar of white soap now costs shillings 4000 up from 3000 shillings last week.
 
A Kilogram of sugar costs between 4000 and 5000 shillings from 2500 a week ago. A bar of blue soap has jumped from 2000 to 4000 shillings, while a sachet of salt has tripled from shillings 500 to 1500 shillings. The prices of food stuffs have also gone up.  A kilogram of maize flour has shot up from 2000 shillings to 3000 shillings, while a Kilogram of rice costs 3000 up from 2500 shillings. Josephine Atim, a shop attendant in Apac Town council attributes the price increase to limited supply of commodities.

According to Atim, most traders in Apac get their stock from Lira town, but they have been cut off because of the bad state of the roads. Jackson Okullu, another shop attendant says that they decided to increase the commodity prices because of scarcity. On Friday, Tony Ayoo, the Kwani MP took a tour around the affected areas. He threatened to mobilize residents to stage a demonstration unless government fixes the roads within a week.

Engineer Patrick Agona, the UNRA Lira station engineer says that some of the affected roads were included in last year’s budget but they failed to work on them because they didn’t get a contractor. He however, says that they will start working on the roads within two weeks.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.