The minister of trade Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana has assured consumers that food items such as milk, flour, sugar and vegetable oil in quality and quantity are available for all Cameroonians in warehouses and retail outlets in the entire nation. He was speaking in Yaounde during an inspection visit to some retail outlets following rumors of scarcity of basic goods on the social media.
The social media in recent days in Cameroon has been circulating fake information on the absence of basic food items like fish, rice, milk, soap, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and brewages in most markets across the country. This is the main reason why the ministry of trade Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana and his team visited some warehouses in the nation’s political capital to evaluate the situation of food availability on the field. The first stop of the minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana was at a cold store in the Essos neighborhood in Yaounde where he and his team were shown the varieties of fish available. According to Joseph Flavine Kamkeu Congelcam manager for the center, south, and East regions, fish in all varieties to supply the demands of consumers till January 2019 is available. He told the minister that the prices of the fish range from 750 FRS to 1300 depending on the type and sizes of the fish. According to him the only fish that had been scarce in the market was the mackerel fish from Mauritania which is mostly used by women who sell roasted fish. However, the situation was adjusted few days ago with the importation of some tons of the mackerel fish.
Next was a visit to four warehouses amongst them the famous OIAM, SOACAM, Henry ET free and Dee Lee distributors. In all the warehouses the minister was assured that the quantity of basic goods to meet the demands of consumers in the next three months is available. Yogeh Punjabi one of the main distributors said the artificial scarcity is being created by the retailers who buy from them and is a strategy to increase prices. The minister on his part instructed all the associations charge with the protection of the consumer’s right to get to work and play their role as middle men between the consumer and the retailer. In order to ensure the respect of prices of basic amenities, the minister also instructed that trade officials be stationed in most markets across the country to ensure the follow up of prices. The visit by minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana is not the first as government is bent on ensuring that consumers have the best of products in quality and quantity and within the reach of everyone.