By Timothy T. Seaklon
The Government of Liberia has adjusted the prices of rice, Liberia’s staple food as well as other essential commodities on the Liberian market. The government’s action comes at a time when businesses are hiking prices due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Information Minister, Lewis Brown, announcing the adjusted price listing yesterday at the Ebola News Briefing held in Monrovia said, “This is not the time for businesses to impose another level of suffering on our people while we are fighting the Ebola disease.”
Minister Brown urged consumers to pay the adjusted prices and not succumb to a price increase strategy being put in places by businesses operating in the country.
According to the adjusted price listing, a bag of 25 kg bag of rice (Bellaluna IR64) be sold for US$16.00 in urban areas and US$20.00 in rural area. The 25kg bag Ofrice (Lady Noora) is at the price of US$ 14.00 in urban and US$19.00 in rural areas.
The 25kg bag of rice (Bellaluna 1001) is for US$14.00 in urban area and US$19.00 in rural while the 25kg bag of rice (Indian Parboiled IR64 five Percent broken) is available for US$16.00 in urban areas and US$20.00.
The Indian Parboiled 100 percent 25kg bag of rice is at US$14.00 in urban areas and US$20.00 in rural areas while Indian Parboiled Finda 100 percent broken rice in the 25kg bag is US$14.00 in urban areas and US$ 19.00 in rural areas. The Mario Indian Parboiled five percent broken rice in the 25kog bag is at US$14.00 in urban areas and US$19.00 in the rural areas.
The government also puts the wholesale selling prices of gasoline at US$4.00 and that of fuel at US$4.08. It estimated the retail pump price of gasoline at US$4.18 or L$345.00 and fuel at US$4.26 or L$ 355.00.
The government also adjusted the recently released transportation fares as from Broad Street to other parts of Monrovia and its suburbs.
According to the new transport fares from Broad Street to ELWA Junction is L$30.00 in a bus and L$55.00 in a taxi while from Broad Street to Red Light is L$45.00 in a bus and L$75.00 in a taxi.
The fare from Board Street to Freeport is L$15 in a bus and L$25.00 in a taxi. The fares also registered that from Broad Street to Logan Town is L$20.00 in a bus and L$30.00 in a taxi. It also noted that from Broad Street to Duala in a bus is L$20.00 and L$45.00 in a taxi.
From Monrovia to Brewerville and Hotel Africa is L$20.00 in a bus and L$25.00 in a taxi as a travel from Board Street to Po River is L$35.00 in a bus and L$60.00 in a taxi. From Board Street to VOA Junction in a bus is L$25.00 and in a taxi L$45.00.
From Broad Street to Gardnersville Supermarket is L$25.00 in a bus and L$50.00 in a taxi while a bus traveling from Broad Street to Bardnersville Estate is L$35.00 in a bus and L$60.00 in a taxi.