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Ethiopian government taking action to prevent surging garlic, lemon and ginger prices

Market & Price Trends
Innovation & Technology
Miftah Ali
Published Mar 25, 2020
The price of food items such as garlic, lemon, and ginger tripled in Addis Ababa only a few hours after the country stated its first confirmed case. Garlic was being sold at a price of 90 Birr/kg before the first case was confirmed and rose to 250 Birr/kg hours after the first case was confirmed. the same goes for Lemon and ginger.
The increase occurred because many people who bought ginger, think that garlic, lemon, and ginger can counteract the coronavirus in the body.
The Addis Ababa city administration in collaboration with the trade and industry minister is taking serious measures such as taking away business licenses, fining the local sellers of such products and closing businesses in order to control the rising price of such products.
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