Jordan is witnessing a wave of price hikes, especially in food products, despite the actions taken by the government. Jordanian consumers still complain of high prices and still concerned regarding this issue.
The high prices issue is problematic especially in a country where the minimum wage does not exceed US $ 220 per month.
The Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Maha Ali, said the ministry plays a prominent role in maintaining the balance of the local market to prevent "unjustified" price rises. She mentioned that the government's efforts, which included a reduction of prices of some commodities.
The Ministry has also issued a pilot bulletin regarding prices, indicating the "fair" wholesale prices for commodities (34 commodities). She explained that food prices fell in the wholesale and retail market recently. She added that Jordan has adequate stocks of various commodities, especially basic products. According to her, the consumption of rice and sugar by Jordanian amounted to 240 thousand tons per year each. The Jordanians consume 12 thousand tons of milk, and 3600 tons of lentils.