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Lesser Cash Chasing More Goods In Bomi, Says Businessman
By David Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent
TUBMANBURG, September 29 (LINA) –The President of the Bomi County Business Association (BCBA), William Manyonre, has said that there is sufficient food and goods in Bomi County but residents lack the money to buy them.
Manyonre blamed this situation on the Ebola outbreak in the county which, he noted, has negatively impacted the business community and income generation by residents.
“Since the outbreak, the purchasing power of consumers has reduced, while the prices of basic commodities have increased dramatically,” he told the Liberia News Agency over the weekend.
He stressed that there are stockpiles of food products in stores because most people do not have money to buy.
He made specific reference to the price of a 25kg bag of rice which is now sold for L$1,600, noting “most residents cannot afford to buy it.”
Meanwhile, Manyonre has disclosed that the business community in the county has joined the fight against the Ebola virus with the distribution of buckets, detergents, soap and sensitizers to various communities.
Mr. Manyonre put the cost of the materials, including the six gallons of fuel donated to Radio Bomi before it was gutted by fire, at US$7,000.
He urged residents to continue to observe the preventive measures put in place by the health ministry and report suspected cases or sick people to health authorities in the county.