ヨルダン:ラマダーン中の食料品売上が35~50%下落 前年同月比

食料品卸売協会会長によると、ラマダーン(8月)中の食料品の売り上げは、前年同月比で35~50%も下落した。買い物に熱が入っていたのは、第1週だけだった。

一次産品は国際価格が値上がりするが、ヨルダン人の所得は横ばいのため、ヨルダン人の購買力が落ちていることが原因。

FAOによると、2011年1~7月の国際価格は、前年同期比で36~39%高い。

アンマン市内のある肉屋の話によると、今年のラマダーンでは食肉の売上も落ちた。現在の国産肉は11~12JD(1200~1300円)、輸入肉は7.5JD(812円)で、去年よりそれぞれ37.5~50%、50%も値上がりした。

政府がラマダーン中には湾岸アラブの観光客が増えるから量を確保するようにと指示したので、食品業者は供給を2倍に増やした(が、実際には、シリア情勢のとばっちりを受け、湾岸アラブ人はほとんどヨルダンに来なかった)。スーパーには数ヶ月分の在庫がある。

・・・日本にいるとあまり物価変動しないが、国際価格の影響を直接受ける途上国は大変だ。食品の売り上げが35~50%も落ちたということは、今年のラマダーンの食卓はかなり寂しかったはずだ。



Demand on food drops this Ramadan - dealers

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=40803
26 August 2011
By Omar Obeidat

AMMAN –– Demand for food commodities during this year's Ramadan went down sharply when compared to the same month of last year, according to food dealers.

Samer Jawabreh, president of the Foodstuff Traders Association (FTA), told The Jordan Times that demand for food items during Ramadan dropped by 35 per cent to 50 per cent over Ramadan last year, noting that a shopping trend was noticed only during the first week of the holy month.

Jawabreh attributed the drop in demand to the weaker purchasing power of consumers, explaining that food prices in international and local markets have seen a tangible increase in recent months, while incomes of Jordanians remained unchanged.

International food prices rose during the first seven months of 2011, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, by 36 per cent to 39 per cent above the levels seen in the same period of 2010, according to Jawabreh.

Mohammad Rababah, a manager at a large supermarket, agreed with Jawabreh, adding that prices of food items during Ramadan of last year were lower than this year.

"The majority of goods, except for certain types of vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers were cheaper last year," he added.

Yusuf Al Omar, a owner in the Tlaa Al Ali neighbourhood, noted that even demand on red meat has slowed down during this year's Ramadan.

Prices of local red meat currently range between JD11 and JD12 per kilo while imported meat prices are around JD7.5 per kilo, Omar said, noting that during Ramadan last year prices of local red meat stood at JD8 per kilo and prices of imported meat were cheaper by JD2 per kilo.

Jawabreh noted that traders and importers have doubled their supplies of foodstuff during Ramadan of this year because authorities urged merchants to do so as the number of tourists from Arab countries was expected to increase significantly over the summer.

Supermarkets have extra quantities of basic commodities that will last for several months, the FTA chief said.

This year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade started early preparations for Ramadan to meet expected demand as the holy month coincided with the return of Jordanian expatriates and the tourism high season.

But in previous remarks to The Jordan Times, Industry and Trade Minister Hani Mulki stated that the ministry worked to make supply outstrip demand in a bid to maintain stability in prices.

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