Zanzibar’s annual headline overall inflation rate for the year ended November, this year, decreased to 2.3 per cent compared to 4.1 per cent recorded in October, this year.
Unveiling monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) to journalists, Mr Khamis Ahmada Shauri, head of the statistics unit, attributed the fall to the declining prices of food products. He said Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages inflation rate decreased to 0.4 per cent last month from 4.2 per cent recorded in October, this year.
Mr Shauri said, however, annual inflation rate for all items excludes food consumed at home and at restaurants (S1) increased to 4.1 per cent from 3.7 per cent recorded in October, while during the same period annual inflation rate for food consumed at home and at restaurants (S2) decreased to 0.6 from 4.5 per cent.
He also said that annual inflation rate for fish (S5), the main food for residents here, decreased to -8.1 per cent in November from 1.8 per cent recorded in October, while the annual inflation rate for the three staple foods- rice, wheat flour and sugar (S6) increased to 6.0 per cent in November compared to 5.9 per cent in October.
Mr Evarist Mgangaluma from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) said at the monthly press conference that the inflation fall was also an indication that Zanzibar economical growth was on track due to improving production at home and stable imports. The Zanzibar CPI covers prices of 269 items collected in 316 outlets in Unguja and Pemba urban centres.