Mbuji-Mayi, May 6th, 2021 (CPA).– The price of gray cement is experiencing a price increase on the market of Mbuji-Mayi, capital of Kasai Oriental province where it currently sells for USD 28, the bag of 50 kilograms against USD 25, two weeks ago, found CPA in the various points of sale.
Some owners of deposits of this product, link this increase to the scarcity resulting from the poor supply which is generally done by rail through the National Railway Company of Congo (SNCC). It also links the increase to the poor road condition during this period of the rainy season between Mbuji-Mayi-Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi-Kinshasa, thus preventing a permanent supply of the capital of Kasai-Oriental province with this product.
The poor quality of the waterway, which requires cleaning to facilitate the docking of boats at Ndomba port, is also one of the causes of the soaring prices.
Mr. Jean Kawika, one of the sellers met on the market, affirms that this product is becoming increasingly rare, thus leading to price speculation. This scarcity, he added, is damaging the supply of basic infrastructure projects in Mbuji-Mayi city, including the « Tshilejilu » pilot project.
Instability of the price of wooden boards in Mbuji-Mayi
In addition, the price of wooden boards is also experiencing a price increase on the market in Mbuji-Mayi city, where they are sold according to the qualities, between FC 4,000 and FC 19,000 per piece against FC 2,500 to FC 12,000, indicated on Wednesday at CPA Mr. Yamba Bope, vice-president of the sector of timber sellers in the central market of Dibindi.
It links this increase, in particular to the scarcity of wood following the difficulties of transport from the places of production to the centers of consumption following the poor state of the road during this rainy season. He also cited the increase in the price of diesel and even also the scarcity of species in the exploited forests in the territory of Luilu, in the province of Lomami.
Some carpenters from Mbuji-Mayi who confirm the increase in the price of boards, claim that this deplorable situation has an impact on the pricing of furniture and other wooden works. ACP /