Experts say consumers will have to dig deep into their pockets to purchase the current food basket in the coming months as food prices continue to soar.
This comes at the time supply of main food items in the daily food basket for households continue to slowdown hence forcing their prices on the market to rise since mid-last year.
“Much as we can hope for the best in the next three months, we cannot rule out a possibility of a further rise in food prices,” said Job Opar, a consumer protection expert on Thursday.
He adds, “And this is mainly driven by a short supply of these items which his mainly due to climate patterns.”
Accordingly, the supply of some food items such as bananas, fruits and vegetables continue to shrink pushing their prices to climb since last year which has also seen the country inflation keep an upward trend.
“We have not been getting enough supply of bananas since last month,” Annet Mudenge, a trader in Kimironko said “I think it is because of the dry spells last year.”
Moreover, the increasing food prices according to central bank has led to an upward trend in the inflation which grew to by 4.6 percent in March 2016 up from 4.4 percent for the month of February.
“This is mainly due to the rising prices of Food and non-alcoholic beverages‟ 7.8 percent, Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels‟ 3.0 percent and „Transport‟ 4.8 percent,” said Lucie Mutetijabiro from National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda-NISR
The statistics body says the underlying inflation rate which excludes fresh food and energy increased by 0.1 percent when compared to the month of February while it rose by 2.9 percent compared to March 2015.