Increase in Flour Price

15/11/2007 15:22

The Consumer Council of Fiji is alarmed at the announcement on the increase in the price of flour and sharp made by the Prices and Incomes Board. This is the fourth increase this year which means that consumers will have to fork out extra from their pockets to obtain such essential household goods as flour and sharp.

The announcement by PIB on the increase will mean that consumers will have to spend more than they usually do on these two items effective from tomorrow, Friday 16th November, 2007. To purchase a kilogram of flour, consumers will now have to pay $1.07 from the usual $1.03, likewise for a kg of sharps, consumers will have to pay $1.07 from the usual $1.03.  

To censure the increase in price of flour and sharp to shortage of wheat in the world market is quite unreasonable as there are more effective measures that can be followed to avoid burdening consumers with extra costs for essential household items such as flour and sharps.

The Council yet again reiterates its call to the government to remove duty on these two items in order to lessen weight on consumers who are always burdened to pay extra costs when such need arises.

The increase in the price of flour and sharps is hideously unfair and PIB should look at other means before imposing extra costs on consumers. Continuous increase in prices of essential household goods and services has had many consumers struggling to meet daily commitments. It is important to note that while many costs of essential household goods and services has gone up, consumers’ income and purchasing power has substantially declined, therefore, the Council feels that concerned bodies should look at other indirect means of covering costs for increase in prices and shortage of goods and services in the world market rather than directly dumping costs on consumers.