Chamber of commerce sells sorghum at subsidized price

Women line up to buy subsidized sorghum in Aniet market | Credit: Apuol Ngor Agok | AIRS 2020

The Chamber of Commerce in Abyei Administrative Area has started selling sorghum to the public at a reduced price in Abyei Administrative Area. The subsidized cost of a “moluou” an equivalent of 3.5 kilogram of sorghum is 8,00 South Sudanese Pounds. While in other shops in the market, it is 1, 200 South Sudanese Pounds.

Kur Guor, member of Chamber of Commerce in Abyei Administrative  Area says the purpose is to improve the living condition of the people. The distribution started in Aniet market over the weekend and it will be extended to other parts of Abyei Area. He outlined Abathok, Abyei town, Wunpeth, Akechnhial and Agok as centers for the distribution.

On their part, the buyers expressed happiness thanked Abyei administration for the effort. The initiative funded by the administration is part of fighting hunger in the area.

In a meeting held last week, the administration directed Chamber of Commerce to purchase 1,000 bags of sorghum for supply to all markets in the area. Traders had reported shortage of this item in the markets leading to high prices.

About two weeks ago, Abathok payam official revealed scarcity of food and its subsequent price hike.