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MUEA MARKET AND THE PRICES OF BASIC COMMODITIES

 

 

   

                          

                   

 

Muea is an area in the centre of the Bakweri town of Buea in Fako division, Cameroon. Muea market is one of the most important food markets in Cameroon. Every type of fresh food commodity is sold there. Infact, there is a saying that if you cannot get a fresh food item in Muea market, you wouldn’t get it anywhere in Cameroon. People from all over Cameroon and neighbouring countries like Gabon, Central African Republic and Equitorial Guinea(formally known as Fernando Po) go to Muea market to buy food for personal consumption and/or  business. Thursdays and Sundays are the main market days, hence the busiest and most lucrative days for taxi drivers in Buea and the surrounding towns.

 

FAKO NEWS CENTRE are using Muea market as the point of reference for tracking changes in the prices of the commodities that the common person in Cameroon buys. We will calculate the consumer price index(a measure of the average price of consumer goods) for the food commodities listed below after every four months. We have listed  over forty food items that almost all Cameroonian households buy and their prices, obtained at Muea market on Sunday 5th October 2008. After every four months, a Bakweri woman will go to Muea market and get the prices of all the items on our list. The names of the commodities we have listed are the names used in Cameroon, e.g cow meat, strong-kanda, water-fufu,, mololo etc. We believe that the price list would help people budget better for different things e.g education for their children, feeding their families, clothing their families, buying medicines for their families etc, and try as much as they can to live within their means. The table can also be used to measure the level of hardship faced by families in Cameroon. For example, can a family of five(husband, wife and three children) on a total monthly income of 80,000 frs survive if they want to eat healthily(a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables), pay for their children’s education, pay transport, pay medical bills, clothe themselves and save for unforeseen circumstances? What about those who do not have jobs---what sort of things can they live on in order to survive?

    Below is a table showing the prices of some common food items that you will always find in a Cameroonian shopping basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAKO NEWS CENTRE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX. PRICES OF BASIC COMMODITIES AT MUEA MARKET, BUEA, CAMEROON.

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ITEM

 

QUANTITY

PRICE

FCFA

Oct. 2008


 

 

Rice(high quality)

1 glass

100

 

 

 

Rice(low quality)

1 glass

75

 

 

 

Salt

1 glass

50

 

 

 

Groundnuts

1 glass

100

 

 

 

Egusi(cracked)

1 glass

200

 

 

 

Egusi(uncracked)

2 and a half glasses

 

200

 

 

 

Garri

1 glass

75

 

 

 

Palm oil

1 litre

600

 

 

 

Groundnut oil(high quality)

 

1 litre

 

1300

 

 

 

Groundnut oil(low qual.)

1 litre

1000

 

 

 

Beans(big grains)

1 glass

75

 

 

 

Beans(small grains)

1 glass

100

 

 

 

Koki beans(cracked)

1 glass

150

 

 

 

Koki beans(uncracked)

1 glass

100

 

 

 

Eru

1 small portion

 

200

 

 

 

Snails

1 small portion

 

500

 

 

 

Snails

1 bucket

4500

 

 

 

Cocoyams

Smallest portion

 

200

 

 

 

Cocoyams

Biggest portion

 

1000

 

 

 

Cocoyams

1 bucket

2500

 

 

 

Plantains

Smallest portion

 

200

 

 

 

Plantains

1 bunch

3000

 

 

 

Water-fufu

Small portion

 

200

 

 

 

Water-fufu

Small bag

1750

 

 

 

Fish(strong kanda/mololo

Small portion

200 to

1000

 

 

 

Fish(dry/high quality)

1 portion

2500 to 5000

 

 

 

Cray fish

Small portion

 

100

 

 

 

Cow meat

Half kg

1100

 

 

 

Cow meat

1 kg

2000

 

 

 

Onions

Small p.

100

 

 

 

Pepper

Small p.

100

 

 

 

Garlic

Small p.

50

 

 

 

Maggi cubes

10 cubes

100

 

 

 

Yams

1 portion

2000 to 6000

 

 

 

Fresh tomatoes

1 portion

100 to 1000

 

 

 

Small tin tomatoes

1 tin

100

 

 

 

Flour

1 kg

450

 

 

 

Eggs

1

60 to 75

 

 

 

Eggs

1 tray(30 eggs)

 

1500 to 1800

 

 

 

Irish potatoes

Small p.

200 to 400

 

 

 

Irish potatoes

1 bucket

2500 to 3500

 

 

 

 Bitter-leaf

 1 portion

 

 

 

 

 Mackerel fish(moroko)

1 kg 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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