Food prices up by 50% - Pacsa

Food prices have gone up by 50 percent in the past year, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) said on Wednesday.

Their report suggests potato prices have increase by at least 50 percent between September 2012 and September 2013.

Director Mervyn Abrahams told the Midday Report PACSA has been tracking the prices of 32 basic food products.

"The reason for the escalation is partly climatic conditions and our policy around importation of food."

Abrahams said lower income households were the hardest hit by the high prices.

"A basket of 32 basic food products has increased by about R105 from September last year to the end of September this year, which indicates about an 8.7 percent increase year-on-year. It is about 1.6 percent higher than the consumer-price index (CPI) as tracked by Statistics South Africa."

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