fruit vendors in Kitgum Municipality are counting heavy losses as they
experience an abnormal fall in demands for their products.
The most affected are vendors dealing in bananas. Fauza Nabuzi, a banana vendor
in Central Division says that the fall in demand has left her goods rotting
Nabuzi says for more than six times, she had to throw away bananas worth
100,000 shillings that had started rotting on her stall as a result of low
sales. She believes the anomaly is a result of the COVID-19 lockdown directives
issued by the government to curb the spread of contagion in the country, leaving
many residents with the limited financial capability to spend on consumables.
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Nabuzi says she hardly make shillings 20,000 daily unlike before COVID-19
pandemic when sales were flourishing with many customers.
Aisha Nabukwasi, another vendor says the COVID-19 lock-down has greatly
impacted on their businesses. She says the low sales have forced her to lower
prices to enable them to sell off their stocks faster leaving them in losses.
Aisha, four fingers of bananas which cost shillings 2,000 in the past are now
being sold at paltry shillings 1,000.
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Richard Moses Jimeyi , the Bantu Community Chairperson in Kitgum
district says several fruit vendors who hail from Eastern and Central Uganda
have lost their capital as a result of low sales and resorted to petty farming
within the Municipality.
Jimeyi says daily, each vendor disposes of rotten bananas worth 10,000 and
He notes that their troubles have also been further worsened by lack of gazetted
market space for fruit vendors saying majority operate along the roadside.
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He notes that they plan to sit down with the vendors and evaluate how they can
make profits from their businesses by lowering bulk purchase from suppliers in
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Kitgum Municipality has a total of 40 registered fruit vendors dealing in Ripe
bananas, avocados, passion fruit, pineapple and jack fruit among others.