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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Basic Needs Basket- September 2008

The prices of food items have continued to increase across Zambian towns where the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) does its monthly Basic Needs Basket (BNB) research. Ndola with basic food costing at K711,920 recorded the highest among all eight towns where JCTR conducts the BNB. The BNB estimates the cost of living for a family of six in Lusaka (see below), Kitwe, Luanshya, Livingstone, Mongu, Kasama, Kabwe and Ndola.

The cost of food items alone was at K704,970 for Luanshya, up from the K650,810 recorded in the month of August while Livingstone recorded the cost of food at K683,800 compared to K650,810 in the month of August. The food costs in Mongu was at K625,560 for September and K620,660 in August. In Kitwe the cost of basic food rose to K664,950 compared to K658,590 recorded in August.

In almost all the cases where increases occurred, a significant contribution to the increase in cost was a more recently sustained rise in both mealie meal and cooking oil prices.

However, while these increases were recorded in the above mentioned towns, Kabwe, Kasama and Lusaka recorded marginal decreases in cost of basic food. From costing K664,700 in August, Lusaka recorded a decrease of K8,100 from the total of K656,600 in the month of September. In Kabwe the decrease was from K688,750 recorded in the month of August to K664,240 in September. In Kasama the reduction was from K575,180 to K573,330.

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