On Monday, December 3 2018, the Jordan National Society for Consumer Protection (NSCP) issued a statement on the prices of fruits and vegetables in Jordan according to complaints received by citizens. Consumers complained of high, exaggerated prices in the markets, in all governorates of the Kingdom.
Head of Consumer Protection, dr. Mohamed Obeidat, said in a press statement that when NSCP followed up on the complaints it turned out that prices of vegetables and fruits have risen dramatically; as tomatoes are being sold between 60-90 piasters, and potatoes JD 1-1.5, onions 70 piasters and one dinar, and imported regular sized bananas between JD1.25-1.5.
Obeidat asked the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply to provide reasons for this rise in prices and called for a price frame to be set to limit this insane rise. He added that these commodities should be available to consumers at moderate prices with high quality, especially in the difficult economic conditions the country is witnessing.
En.royanews.tv reported on dr. Obeidat stressing that the NSCP has always been and will continue to defend the rights of farmers. He also demanded protection of their produce. Obeidat pointed out that NSCP is completely convinced that small farmers do not benefit from increases in prices at all, because what is produced by them is sold at low prices to some traders.
[ 1 Jordanian dinar = 1.24 Euros ]