Uzbekistan: Prices for Staple Goods Rising Sharply
Prices for some staple food items in Uzbekistan have increased sharply this week, forcing the government to scramble into action, albeit not very effectively.
By the second half of this week, the per kilo cost of beef and mutton had risen by up to 5,000 Uzbek sum ($0.50) in the markets of Tashkent and in the Ferghana Valley. On May 15, butchers were selling beef at around 25,000 sum ($3) per kilo and mutton at 28,000 sum ($3.50), but those prices had risen to 28,000 sum and 32,000 sum respectively by May 18.
The prices are even higher in the supermarkets. A journalist in the Ferghana Valley told EurasiaNet.org that at the start of the week, minced beef was selling for just over $4 per kilo, but that the cost has now reached almost $4.90.
At a May 17 conference call with regional officials, Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov urged remedial action.
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