What can you buy with two dollars in the country?

The pressures of the uncertainty of global prices of inputs and finished goods become a greater threat against the purchasing power of the people in the Dominican Republic. Currently, United Nations agencies rate the minimum income that a poor person uses for their daily food at about two dollars (US $ 1.90).

Faced with the question of which basic food goods can be bought with two dollars, whose parameter is based on international organizations such as the “poverty line”, it can be pointed out that they are RD $ 115 , equivalent in pesos and these are not enough for a strong meal of the day, which shows once again the loss of purchasing power and the widening of inequality, worsened after the crisis that has imposed the Covid-19.

In the case of fuels, you don’t buy more than a gallon of LPG, nor is it enough for a gallon of gasoline or diesel. For a light breakfast, a Dominican can satisfy his food need, but it is not ensured that he exhausts the necessary calories so as not to be included in the statistics of undernourished people.

Every day international press reports report supply problems on trade shelves in rich countries, difficulties and increases in the prices of fuels and their derivatives, in maritime freight and other external factors. such as fertilizers for agricultural production.

Rice, water bread, eggs, chicken meat and red beans are the products classified as the most consumed on the table of the less favored and now with the increase in the prices of inputs another threat also looms.

According to the weekly price report of the portal pricesjustos.com, of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MICM), in popular markets you can buy white frying cheese and avocado, milky, auyanma, berena, green bananas and others. The portal shows that the average price of a pound of milk is RD $ 12.72, an avocado is worth RD $ 32.58, a pound of pumpkin RD $ 25.86,

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of sweet potato RD $ 21.91, aubergine RD $ 22.00, Persian lemon RD $ 4.80, cream sugar RD $ 9.26 for the 5-pound cover, chocolate for RD $ 8.12 and spaghetti for RD $ 31.89.

When these products can be combined to consume the equivalent of two dollars, they require another expense, which is public transportation.

In the country, at least 90% of the inputs for agricultural production are imported and after the globalization of the markets, the stores of supermarkets and supply stores are full of finished products. , including “delicatessen”.

Fertilizer hikes

Yesterday, according to the agricultural researcher Manuel González Tejera (Manegonte) reported the new price rises in fertilizers. A 100-pound bag of urea that cost RD $ 1,800 in June, was worth RD $ 2,420 in September, 34.4% more; and as of October 27, 2021, the value was RD $ 4.64, for an increase of 67.9% in the Dominican market.

Triple 15 fertilizer rose from RD $ 1,700 in June to RD $ 2,370 in September and RD $ 3,257 on the 27th of this month. On 20-5-20-4S it rose from RD $ 1,880 to RD $ 2.38 and RD $ 3,254, in the reference period, while granulated ammonium sulfate went from RD $ 935, to RD $ 1,535 and RD $ 2,412. ST ammonium sulfate increased from RD $ 820 to RD $ 1,420 and RD $ 2,919 between June, September and October 27.

 

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