The prices of fruits and vegetables in Suweida’s markets have reached record levels, causing families to be unable to secure their needs.
Al-Watan toured the vegetable and fruit markets of Suweida and noticed that oranges remains the cheapest of all the fruits, with a kilogram being sold for an average of 700 Syrian pounds. The price of a kilogram of apples is between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds. The price of carrots is 900 pounds. The price of bananas recorded a decline, reaching 2,000 Syrian pounds per kilogram.
As for the price of vegetables, the price of a kilogram of tomatoes ranges between 700 and 900 Syrian pounds, while a kilogram of green beans reached 3,000 pounds, and zucchini 800 pounds. The price of potatoes ranges between 500 and 700 pounds depending on the quality, cauliflower is 900 pounds per kilio and cabbage is 700 pounds. The price of all greens increased, with none of them costing less than 150 pounds.
The strange thing is that all vegetable and fruit markets are pricing haphazardly and without supervision.
All of those whom Al-Watan talked to confirmed that they are completely unable to secure their most basic living needs, especially vegetables, which became a staple of their diet, after the price of white and red meat rose. People are having to eliminate fruits from their daily shopping lists due to the insane prices, demanding the necessity of controlling the prices in a way that matches their income, which is no longer sufficient to buy the most basic needs for their family.
As usual, the Suweida Consumer Protection Department confirmed that tours were conducted to monitor prices and control the markets so prices are not inflated, pointing out that most of the prices come from the Damascus markets. A transportation fee is then added, which in turn, recorded a significant increase recently.
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