Fuel price increases continued to drive up retail prices for all commodities via higher transportation costs – In March, fuel on average cost +18% more than in February and was more than double prices recorded in February 2021.
Fuel price volatility is likely to continue amidst supply disruptions as a result of domestic policies and global events (Russia/Ukraine conflict)
Lower than usual paddy supply resulting from challenges for farmers to access necessary inputs negatively affected rice prices
Unusually heavy rains in mid-March damaged salt farms in Mon impacting salt prices and caused damage to onion farms particularly in Magway during critical harvest period leading to crop losses and higher prices
Chickpea prices high in northern Rakhine due to high demand during Ramadan
Impact of insecurity continues in many places, but particularly in Kayah, Kachin, and Chin where movement restrictions are in place
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