Corona hits the Yamish Ramadan market in Egypt

Sky News Arabia conducted a tour of several markets, in Cairo, To see the extent to which markets have been affected by the pandemic.

Here, Ali Al-Zein, the owner of a food store, says that there are some commodities such as oils and other products whose prices have increased according to the natural annual increase, for every year, and many commodities have maintained their fixed prices that have not changed with the approaching month of Ramadan, and some commodities have increased by 10 percent on the consumer. .

Al-Zein added to Sky News Arabia, which owns a store in the Maadi Gardens, west of Cairo, that selling this year on the occasion of Ramadan is much better than it was at the same time in 2020, but it did not return to normal as it was before the outbreak of the Corona virus.

As for the merchant, Khaled Abdel Rahman, he told Sky News Arabia that “although the month of Ramadan is nearing, the turnout is weak and not auspicious, especially in light of the panic that is sweeping everyone from the Corona virus, and the unstable mood of citizens on the one hand, and weakness The economic and financial capabilities of citizens, in light of the high prices of some food commodities, all of this affected the sale and purchase movement, even if it improved from last year.

Yamish

Yamish is a term used for dried fruits and nuts, and the word Yamish is originally from the Egyptian dialect.

Among the very popular types of yamish, the prices of raisins, walnuts, pistachios and hazelnuts increased, while the prices of dates, peanuts and apricots varied in the market.

Regarding the variety of supply, Abdel Rahman emphasized that the “yameesh” has many types, including Egyptian and imported ones, according to needs and capabilities, and this year the turnout was 50 percent weak, so merchants brought in less quantities than in previous years.

In the Dokki neighborhood, south of Cairo, wholesaler Mohamed Al-Sayed says that yameesh prices have increased this year by 30 percent, especially items that are imported from abroad.

Al-Sayed added, to Sky News Arabia, that the Corona virus has affected the market, as at this time every year we witness a great demand for the purchase of Ramadan supplies, days before the beginning of the holy month.

Corona and other causes

The Secretary of the Perfumery Division of the Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, Muhammad al-Sheikh, says that the reasons for the stagnation of sales in the Yamish market are due to several reasons, which are families ’preoccupation with private lessons and school fees.

The Sheikh added to Sky News Arabia, that citizens’ fears of new repercussions in light of the approaching third wave of the Corona virus, led to consumers buying basic needs of food and consumer goods.

He pointed out that the decline in the quantities of imported yamish came as a result of merchants being aware of consumer concerns, which led to a reduction in imported quantities, in addition to the fact that freight movement was affected by the Coronavirus.

The Secretary of the Perfumery Division of the Chamber of Commerce in Cairo pointed out that Egypt imported this year Yameesh with a value of 35 million dollars, down 30 percent from last year, which amounted to 50 million dollars.
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