Consumers across the country are worried of the rise of Irish potato prices which has seen some abandon the food despite being their favorite.
Rubavu is among districts known for the agriculture of Irish potatoes where the price has today risen from Rwf 200 to 300 per kilogram.
A kilogram of Irish potatoes in Musanze costs between Rwf 260 and 300 up from Rwf 180 and 240 three months ago.
In Huye district it costs Rwf 350 from Rwf 240,in Kamembe market of Rusizi district, it is Rwf 350 from Rwf 280 and 300, Rwamagana it costs Rwf 350, and Nyaruguru district which used to realize high Irish potatoes yields sells a kilogram at Rwf 220 and 250.
In Kigali, kilogram goes for Rwf 330 in Nyamirambo sector, Rwf 340 in Gitega and Rwf 300 in Gisozi sectors respectively.
One of Nyamirabo residents has told IGIHE that he has abandoned buying potatoes as a result of rising prices yet it was his favorite food before.
“Irish potatoes are very expensive and the price is rising day to day. I have decided to eat rice since it is not expensive compared to potatoes,” said one resident.
Talking to IGIHE, Mwangange Jeanne, resident of Gisenyi sector in Rubavu has said “Irish potatoes are becoming a rare dish It can only be eaten by people with adequate financial means.”
Lack of seeds, floods recorded in some districts of the country in major growers of the crop especially in Western and Northern provinces, exporting harvested potatoes are among the causes of shortage and price rise.
The state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources,Tony Nsanganira has said that poor yields have aggravated a bad situation.
“The harvest has not been successful as we expected but we have short and long term policies to bring back the situation to normal including climate change resilience practices, and building terraces to counter erosion,” he said.