‘Ramadan inflation’ hits 15 pct, iftar dinner costs TL 7 more this year

The cost of a fast-breaking dinner for a family of four during the holy month of Ramadan rose from TL 44.88 in 2014 to TL 51.49 this year, a 14.7 percent increase, a recent report published by the Turkish Public Workersand’ Union (Kamu-Sen) has revealed.
The most recent annual inflation rate announced by Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), on the other hand, was 8.09 percent for the month of May, far greater than what Kamu-Sen calls and”Ramadan inflation.and”
Ramadan is a month during which Muslims across the globe abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.
In its report released on Wednesday, a day before the start of Ramadan this year, Kamu-Sen said individuals on average need to consume 3,000 calories a day in order to maintain their daily activities. That much calorie intake for a single person, however, costs TL 12.87, or TL 51.49 for a family of four. The corresponding amount was TL 44.88 last year, Kamu-Sen said.
Kamu-Senand’s daily menu includes 120 grams of meat, 150 grams of soup, 160 grams of rice, 30 grams of cheese, 300 grams of fruits, 300 grams of salad, 350 grams of pide (a traditional flatbread prepared mostly during Ramadan), 60 grams of dessert, 30 grams of jam, 20 grams of olives and 50 grams of dates, which all make up 2,940 calories.
The monthly cost of iftar dinners during the whole month of Ramadan was calculated as TL 1,493.21 this year, TL 147 more than last yearand’s amount, TL 1,346.40. Due to changes in the lunar calendar, Ramadan this year will last 29 days, a day shorter than last year.
Turkish public workers saw a TL 65 year-on-year wage increase on average this year, while food prices during Ramadan increased by TL 147, ismail Koncuk, the head of Kamu-Sen stressed, underlining that the monthly losses of an average-earning public servant reached TL 82 in Ramadan.
h2Prices of 15 basic products have risen, union saysh2 Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Consumers Association (TanduDER) President Aydin Aiaoilu said price hikes on basic products have reached 10 percent, underlining that some supermarkets have increased the prices of olives, cheese, legumes, confectionery products, dried nuts and fruits and dates especially for the month of Ramadan. Aiaoilu pointed that a price hike during Ramadan has become a classic.
Last week, Turkish Union of Agricultural Chambers (TZOB) President iemsi Bayraktar called on sellers to avoid profiteering in Ramadan, saying they have long been closely following food prices.
As of May end, about half a month before Ramadan, the prices of 15 basic products were identified to have surged compared to a year ago while the prices of 16 products fell and five remained same, Topuz said.
While the price of a kilogram of watermelon fell by 40.82 percent, the price of a kilogram of zucchini was 34.31 percent higher compared to a year ago, as was the price of red lentils (58 percent), red meat (29 percent), tea (26 percent), fruit juice (20 percent), chickpeas (15 percent), pasta (13 percent), sugar (10 percent) and vegetable oil (10 percent), Topuz maintained.
The price of a kilogram of minced meat surged from TL 28 to TL 34.50 compared to just before Ramadan a year ago. A kilogram of fillet steak, meanwhile, surged from TL 40 to TL 50 in the same period.
TZOB also highlighted that most of price differences stem from the gap between producer and market prices of the goods, suggesting the role of intermediaries in determining prices. According to TZOB, the difference between field and market prices reached 208 percent per kilogram of tomatoes, 397 percent per kilogram of cucumbers and 468 percent per kilogram of zucchini as of June 10.
h2Date prices up 15 percenth2 Like any other food products, prices of dates, a food item mostly consumed during the holy month of Ramadan, have surged between 10 and 15 percent. Depending on its category, a kilogram of dates cost between TL 8 and TL 120. The most preferred one, dates from Madinah province in Saudi Arabia, cost around TL 35 and TL 40 per kilogram.
Speaking to Todayand’s Zaman, a local date importer in Turkey said the price hike this year stems from the depreciation of the lira against the US dollar and from skyrocketing transportation costs as a result of the civil war in Syria.
h2Pide prices remain same, but smaller in sizeh2
Turkish Bakers Federation President Halil ibrahim Balci said last week the prices of pide in Ankara, which have remained unchanged in the last two years, would change this year as they will be sold at the same price but will be smaller in size compared to a year ago.
A pide in Ankara cost TL 2 and weighed 300 grams last year but will weigh 250 grams this year.
On the other hand, Faik Yilmaz, the president of the Istanbul Union of Chambers of Artists and Artisans (iSTESOB) said on Tuesday the weight of pide in Istanbul will go up from 250 grams to 300 grams this year and that the price would increase from TL 1.50 to TL 1.80.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman