After torrential rains and flooding of the Shabelle river disrupted supplies from the southern agricultural regions, the price of vegetables has shot up in Galkayo, the main town in Somalia’s central Mudug region.
Trader Nadifo Omar Muse said that her fruit and vegetable stall in Galkayo market is nearly empty. Her last order of fresh produce from Beletweyne, Hiran region, arrived eight days late as the truck has been stuck on the water-logged roads. The produce was all rotten.
“I still comes to the market every day even though such losses make me wonder if I can still remain in business. “We are not making any profits. In fact, we’re losing money,” Nadifo said. She has some supplies of onions and potatoes from Ethiopia, but people are not buying them because they prefer to buy together with greens that she does not have to sell.
Some sellers have quit the business, while others like her are persevering because their options are limited and selling produce is the only job they know.
Hadsan Ahmed Salad, head of the Galkayo vegetable sellers’ association, told Radio Ergo that a dozen or so vegetable sellers have recently quit the business as a result of the interruptions in supply. The city normally receives eight to 10 truckloads of vegetables a day, but this supply line had been cut.
Mohamoud Abdi Adan told Radio Ergo that he used to sell watermelons, mangoes, and bananas, but he closed his fruit stand after losing too many orders. The truck that was delivering the fruit got stuck on the road for days and arrived with rotten supplies, he said.