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Food prices in Sudan on the rise again as wages go up

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January 2, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The prices of basic food commodities have risen by more than 4% recently coinciding with a decision taken by the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to raise the minimum wage.

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FILE - A man selling eggs waits for customers at the market in Khartoum, Sudan (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The new minimum monthly wage, effective from this month, is 425 SDG ($97 based on official exchange rate) compared to the old minimum wage of 165 SDG ($38).

The loss of oil wealth now contained in the independent state of South Sudan has sharply cut Sudan’s revenues and exports while also contributing to the drying up of the hard currency inflows.

The Sudanese pound is now trading at 7 SDG to the dollar on the black market which sharply contrasts the official exchange rate of 4.4. Analysts say the sinking value of the Sudanese pound means the country now pays a hefty amount more to import food.

In recent days the price of an egg basket (24 eggs) went up from 16 SDG to 22 SDG, 1kg of lentils increased to 10 SDG from 7 SDG while meat price reached 50 SDG compared to 44 SDG last weekend.

Fast food sandwiches now range between 5 SDG to 16 SDG.

Ahmed Al-Hassan who runs a restaurant in central Khartoum said that the "significant" jump in food prices adversely affected sales as he was forced to pass on a small part of the increase to customers.

He acknowledged that sales have plunged by 50% following the hike in prices he applied.

Al-Hassan, who was sitting in an almost empty restaurant, complained by saying "if the situation continues this way then I will have to close down this restaurant as I cannot bear the loss".

According to Sudan’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBoS) report last month, the annual inflation rate reached 46.5% in November compared to 45.3% last October.

Prices rose year-over-year by 83.8% for meat, 45.4% for sugar, 40.2% for vegetables and 70.2% for transport.

The 2013 budget approved last month targets an inflation rate of 22% and an exchange rate of 4.42 SDG to the dollar. However many analysts expressed skepticism that these goals could be attained.

Ibrahim Ghandour who heads the country’s labor union described the budget figures as unrealistic.

(ST)

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  • 3 January 2013 08:07, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    So what different does it makes?do the math and you will discover that the whole shit is nothing.

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  • 3 January 2013 08:17, by Jalaby

    Well, this is something we expect from the beginning and it’s obvious when you increase salaries then the momentum of purchasing will be high and will automatically rise the food prices!
    Increasing salary rates in Sudan is a clear indication that the economy is still in good shape but our south neighbor has no salaries to rise in the first place!!

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    • 3 January 2013 08:52, by mohamed mahgoub

      Don’t wory about the South just tell us what u think of this situation in our country - if u r realy sudanese- do u think we have to wait for all the biggest,longest and largest projects to be complete before we can reverse this high speed falling to the bottom!

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      • 3 January 2013 13:53, by Northern Sudanese

        mohamed mahgoub
        you are not sudanese you are an insect! you don’t speak sudanese + you hate Islam + your don’t even live in Sudan!
        stop pretending to be sudanese, we knows being south sudanese is shameful but still, its your homeland!

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        • 3 January 2013 14:58, by Chol

          Northern Sudanese,
          You’re the one who is not a Sudanese, the reason is; do you have to name yourself northern Sudanese to be known as a Sudanese? I don’t have to name myself South Sudanese for you to know me as a South Sudanese. If my name and what I said don’t prove to you that I am a South Sudanese; I will not convince you or anyone else that I am a South Sudanese even if I called myself South S

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          • 3 January 2013 22:16, by Observer

            Mohamed Maghoub,
            It was quite predictable wasn;t it.
            N Sudanese can;t defend this article so tries to divert attention from the truth by atacking the likes of you ( and soon probably me) with his usual line of accusing you of not being Sudanese etc.
            He just can’t believe that there are million in our country who don;t blindly follow the NCP lies.

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    • 3 January 2013 09:26, by zulu

      A powerful dreamer does not weigh the gross indication that despite prices rise in the south, no indication is there to witness riots as opposed to our black pretending neighbors. the calamity about to befall it is hugely important for south sudan to watch for refugees coming fro khartoum, Medeni and shenddi

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    • 3 January 2013 11:20, by Logic

      Dirty Jalabia
      You must think people are as retarded as you are to believe the nonsense you just wrote above, salaries usually increase as a response to rising prices not the other war around... wow dude! Your hatred for anything African & non-Muslim has really messed you up mentally, but then again you’re an agent so you’re only doing your job, that’s a good boy! lol..

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      • 3 January 2013 13:56, by Northern Sudanese

        No Logic
        You know that what your saying doesn’t make sense right?
        This article is full of lies, yes prices increased but not as much as mentioned above!
        so instead of focusing on the nonsense said about sudan, focus on your starving country where already more than halve your people depend on food aid!

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        • 3 January 2013 14:13, by ngomrom

          Bro sorry look at the old man in the picture that is what is called starvation If you look well on those aid food you are talking about same of the product is from South Sudan
          Thanks

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        • 3 January 2013 22:11, by Observer

          N Sudanese,
          When will you stop lying.
          Yes maybe for you in your priviledged postion prices have not increased but for the rest of the ordinary Sudanese they have.
          For once in your life face the real facts- you would be more of a man to admit that there are problems rather than continually lying to hide them.
          And please don;t demean yourself again by saying that I am not Sudanese as I am.

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    • 3 January 2013 22:05, by Observer

      Jalaby,
      Your sense of optimism is so misguided.
      The increase in wages was blackmail by the labour union who threatened to go on strike unless the wages increased.
      We cannot afford this. All the govt has done is bought time. Inflation is out of control.
      Basic economic lesson for you. When people get wage increases prices go up. People cannot afford to buy goods production goes down.

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      • 3 January 2013 22:08, by Observer

        Jalaby,
        Production goes down less goods which means more people wanting the same goods means that the prices increase again. Basic economics of supply and demand.

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