Fears grow of reduced food supply in Kigali amid coronavirus lockdown

EYEAFRICA TV: Kigali, Rwanda: Following measures implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to ensure that Traders spoke hiking up Prices, it has been noted that prices have now stabilized, but there now fears that food supplies from the Provinces are now reducing.

Food traders in Kigali have remained busy despite the countywide lockdown, and their customers are happy that they are no longer hiking up for the sake of quick profits, but now the Traders are saying that they have noticed that their food supplies from the Provinces have been on the decline.

Officials in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, however, have reiterated that there is no need for alarm and that the supplies are assured.

“As of now, we have not seen any drastic changes, especially when you consider what we call the basics foods and drinks; as well as medicines. We had noticed that some people were using the Pandemic as an excuse to raise prices; claiming a shortage of supply for markets, which is not true and that is why we issued directives putting price caps for those basics, both foodstuff and sanitary supplies,” said Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade & Industry.

When the lockdown first began 10 days ago, some went into panic mode, buying as much food as they could, scared that markets would soon be empty, which has obviously not been the case and that is why the general public has been urged to remain calm and see this through to the end in a dignified manner.

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