Bread more expensive by 80, milk by 90 pfennigs

05.12.2022. / 13:58

BANJALUKA, BIJELJINA – Over the past year, price increases in Bosnia and Herzegovina have mostly affected the prices of basic foodstuffs, as shown by the data that the average price of a liter of milk has increased by 90 pfennigs, while a kilogram of wheat bread is more expensive by 80 pfennigs.

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These are the official data of the BiH Statistics Agency, where it is stated that in October of this year, a kg of rice cost 4.1 KM, which is one mark more expensive than last year, while a kilogram of bread made from wheat flour costs 3.2 KM, and last year it was the price was 2.4 KM.

Thus, a liter of milk in a tetrapack could be bought for an average of 1.4 KM in October last year, while last month it cost 2.3 KM.

Egg prices have also risen, so now a piece costs 0.4 KM, while last year the price was 0.3 KM. However, that’s not all, a liter of oil cost 3.1 KM last year, while last month it was 4.6 KM.

In addition to the above, meat prices have also risen significantly, so for a kilogram of boneless beef it is necessary to allocate 18.6 KM, which is 4.2 KM more expensive than last year, while the price of pork with bones is 7.6 for the year increased to 9.9 KM.

According to the available data, the average increase in prices was recorded in the food and non-alcoholic beverages sections by 25.9 percent. Taking into account that inflation in our country is 17.4 percent, and that, according to the latest data, the average salary is higher by 14.7 percent, our interlocutors emphasize that it is evident that salaries do not follow inflation.

Jovan Vasilić from the “Zvono” consumer association, Bijeljina, for “Nezavisne” points out that almost 90 percent of products in Bosnia and Herzegovina are imported, including food products.

“We are actually importing inflation. The biggest price increases are food, that is, basic life necessities. In our country, pensions and salaries have increased slightly, but this has already been spent in half of this year. We from the consumer association have been saying for months that these prices are not realistic, but we can’t do anything, because we can’t go into the store and ask for incoming invoices and see how much the margin was charged.”Vasilić said.

He points out that the purchase price of milk is around 0.8 KM, and that it costs 2.5 KM in the store, and that this needs to be checked.

“It is good that the inspection has started to check and write fines, but they are also small, and they should be tightened and controlled continuously”, he adds. Independent newspaper


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