Problem Solution Essay-3rd draft
Increase of Vegetables Prices
* The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated that inflation has risen to 11.7%, an increase of 0.2 % this year over last” (Abdel Moniem, 2010). Prices of tomatoes, green beans, cucumber & green pepper’s prices have increased to be 15LE, 16LE, 6LE, and 8LE per kilo respectively. Affording basics necessities has become difficult for the middle & lower class families in view of such high inflation. Nadia, works as a house cleaner; she is a widow and a mother of three children. “One plate of salad for a family comprised of four members, used to cost 3 LE in the past few months. Now it costs more than 10 LE. We have to eat foul & eggs instead. Now, I cannot buy vegetables every day like before”. says Nadia. The gravity of this problem implores us to explore short and long-term solutions. Immediately, the Egyptian government should direct over the increasing prices of the vegetables as a short-term solution, and re-distribute the farmlands on the long –term. Government officials from Agriculture & the Economic Development ministries attributed the sudden increase of the vegetables prices to a wide array of reasons. The first reason is the ghastly climate change during the summer. ”This year's heat waves caused Egypt's tomato production to plummet from 40 tons per acre to 15 tons per acre this year.” (Abdel Moniem, 2010). The second reason is the spread of the white flies & pests that attacked and devoured most of the crops. The third reason is the bad transportation. The fourth reason is the lack of appropriate packing of the vegetables. The final factor is the random increase in prices by the intermediary sellers. Apparently, the soaring increase in the prices of the vegetables may lead to a number of effects on the consumption rates of Egyptian family. Some housewives enforce diet programs to their family. Other families boycott vegetables, or eat...
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