Many staple materials have experienced a simultaneous increase in prices in recent days causing the anger of households, and leaving to wonder about the reason for this simultaneous increase and the possibility of a price agreement …
The Union of Consumer Protection Associations has just unveiled a long list of basic necessities which have experienced a significant and simultaneous increase in prices.
According to a press release from the Union, the increases concerned seven basic necessities at a time, coinciding with the electoral campaign and the deterioration of social conditions, especially among low-income strata due to the repercussions of the pandemic.
Thus, the price of oil has increased dramatically, from 10 dirhams per liter to 16 DH, with the possibility of increasing by 50 cents per week, according to the indiscretions of the wholesalers.
The prices of some pulses have also increased. The price of a kilo of lentils rose from 7.5 to 13 DH while the price of beans reached 10 DH, an increase of at least 2 DH.
The price of the big bag of durum wheat flour has increased by 10 Dhs to 185 DH, with the possibility of applying an increase of 15 DH in the coming weeks.
For its part, the price of pasta increased by 4 DH after being set at 8 DH, that of semolina to increase by 2 DH. Ditto, with regard to cans of sardines as well.
According to a wholesaler of Derb Omar who agreed to speak out with MoroccoLatestNews, other smaller increases were noted.
In its press release, the Union of Consumer Protection Associations attributed the responsibility to the government, its structures as well as the constituent parties which “let the food sector lobbies do its job, despite what citizens are experiencing from the repercussions of the health crisis. “.
Citizens have complained on social networks about these increases, which come in difficult economic times, and at an election time when candidates are distributing pledges of support for the purchasing power of citizens.
These simultaneous increases decided by companies supposed to be competitors have raised questions about compliance with the rules of fair competition and a possible price agreement between operators.
The president of the Moroccan Association of Consumer Rights, Bouazza El Kherrati, confirmed in a statement that these notable increases affect the purchasing power of Moroccans, stressing that citizens are “overwhelmed” by repeated increases.
El Kherrati stressed that the main problem with these increases is that “the companies took them at the same time, wondering if there was an agreement between them or if the green light was given to them to take this step”.
El Kherrati considered that these increases took place in the middle of the election period and that the companies did what they wanted, warning against acts of the kind decreasing the quantity of products, which constitute a kind of disguised price increase.