People now choose to buy smoked fish in the market. This is because; fresh fish, beef meat and chicken are more expensive.
On Saturday August 30 at 10:00am, a woman aged 30 finds her way through the Melen market in Yaounde. The place is crowded with passer-by, sellers as well as buyers. She is holding a black plastic that contains some rice she just bought. Now, she is on her way to buy some fresh fish.
She moves towards the seller and asks for the price of a kilogram of fish, “Aso! it is 1,500fcfa” the seller replies. She turns around, and sighs. She then moves away. She has changed her mind.
Her next stop will be at Mama Nguea’s counter, a woman who sells smoked fish. “A kilogram of fresh fish is now the quantity of half a kilogram” she says. She then concludes that she will rather buy smoked fish in order to save her money.
A seller from the North West region, Anne Marie Ngwah, claims that business have not been going well since the corona virus came. She adds by saying that prices of fish are continuously increasing but her customers still buy. “
Also a regular buyer of smoked fish says its quantity has equally reduced but is manageable. She adds that she used to buy five smoked fishes for 500fcfa but now buys three at the same price.
Another seller of smoked fish, Adeline Ngonoh sits on her chair putting on a sad face and frowning. She says, “I used to sell a carton for two days, but now it takes me three or four days to sell”.
Because of the coming of the covid 19 pandemic, prices of goods are subsequently rising. This gives consumers and even the sellers a hard time surviving.