The Algerian street lived before the month of Ramadan in confusion after the rise in the prices of various consumer goods, and as every year, families flock to before the holy month to acquire the essentials to be surprised by the increases that have become associated with Ramadan, as prices change.
“On holidays and occasions, there are no discounts,” is a slogan adopted by some traders in Algeria. Instead of trying to make it easier for the consumer, the market is torched and the prices of some items multiplied by two, 3 and 4, especially those that are in high demand during the month of fasting. Read also Tunisia in Ramadan … Huge prices and calls for the authorities to intervene Locally and externally, Palestine dates seek to overcome the Corona crisis in Ramadan In Iraq, dates, juices, rice and lentils are the most consumed items during Ramadan The star of the markets in Ramadan … Learn about the production and consumption of tomatoes in Morocco?
Market manipulators have spread in Algeria in recent years, and they are spreading rumors on social media about the shortage and scarcity of basic materials, in order to push citizens to panic in order to obtain them.
This applies to the substance “oil” that was targeted by many after the news of its scarcity spread in the market, and it became sold by illegal means. Dozens of monopoly warehouses were seized in which merchants hid hundreds of liters of oil, to raise its price with the entry of Ramadan.
And the effect of the factories imposing on wholesalers to deal with the bill – since the beginning of this year – on the abundance of oil in the retail market after it became taxed, so that their profit margin shrank to about 0.035 Algerian dinars per liter of oil and 3 dinars for a 5-liter package (one dollar is equivalent to 133 Algerian dinars) ).
Bread, vegetables and fruits
The president of the National Association of Algerian Merchants, El Hadj Taher Bollnouar, said that bread is one of the most consumed items for Algerians, and the demand for it rises in the holy month, as families are keen to diversify the tables with different varieties of it.
In his statement to Al-Jazeera Net, Bollnouar confirmed that Algerians consume 1.2 billion bread in the holy month, an average of 40 million units per day in Ramadan.
While at least 3 million bread is subject to waste daily – according to estimates by bodies and experts – that is, a financial loss of more than 30 million Algerian dinars, and the annual value of wasted bread is 13 billion dinars (about 98 million dollars).
The Algerian consumer habit follows the Islamic Sunnah, so Algerians are keen to break the fast with dates daily, making it among the most consumed foodstuffs, while fruits in general are one of the most important items required by Algerian tables. Advertising
And the Algerian consumes in the month of Ramadan – according to the head of the Algerian Merchants Association – about one million tons of vegetables and fruits, compared to a general annual rate of 800 kantars on normal days.
The reason for the high consumption of vegetables and fruits in the holy month of Ramadan is that they are part of various traditional dishes. Despite the increase in their prices ahead of Ramadan, various calls to boycott the price-manipulated products have failed.
White and red meat is also among the most consumed materials for Algerians in the month of Ramadan, and Algeria consumes – according to Taher Bollnouar – 100 thousand tons, while its consumption ranges in normal days from 50 to 60 thousand tons per month.
Meat prices in Ramadan ranged from 1,500 dinars (about $ 14 per kilo) for lamb, 1,700 dinars (about $ 16) for beef, and 500 dinars ($ 5) for chicken.
Meat prices differ from one region to another, so its price and quality increases the further we move away from the regions famous for herding sheep, so that meat prices in the country’s capital are the most expensive because of speculative traders, according to observers.