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Jun 15, 2009

Cooking gas goes up by six dollars

The price of fuel at the pump went up a week ago. This week the price of cooking gas has shot up. According to an official release, acquisition costs have gone up and the government has approved an increase of six dollars across the country for a hundred pound cylinder of butane. In Belize City and Corozal, the new price is ninety-three dollars; ninety-four dollars in Orange Walk; ninety-five dollars in Belmopan and San Ignacio; ninety-six dollars in Benque; ninety-seven in Dangriga; and ninety-eight in Punta Gorda. News Five’s Jose Sanchez took to the streets and found out what the public thought of the price increase.

Consumer #1
“Big time ih di affect we cause yoh si weh we have to di do; we have to di cut yaad and di work haad fi wah lee money right now check and den everything di go up and nothing no di come down. Yoh get di sense. We no happy wid dat rite now.”

Consumer #2
“Definitely we wah have to get it because we can’t do without fuel.”

Jose Sanchez
“So we wah just have to pay di price.”

Consumer #2
“Yoh pay di price and go long wid di time because nothing last forever.”

Consumer #3
“I got family and deh gas done so quick. I noh know if dehn thief wi yonder or we use it too much but somehow gas done quick and fi mek ih di go up like dat is very uncomfortable. I am saying no more rise. Leave it like dat or take it back off. No more rise because ih too strenuous.”

Philip Willoughby, City Councillor
“With the world cost ah fuel going up all di countries will be experiencing the same thing. If governments don’t absorb the cost it will go up but it depends if yoh eat out. I have electricity stove and I don’t cook at all.”

Jose Sanchez
“So you make Stan Marshal happy?”

Philip Willoughby
“Not necessarily, I eat fruits so I eat at the market.”

Consumer #6
“Gasoline affecting me but I noh know bout di butane. I noh cook much but I know ih definitely di affect wah lot ah people because wah lot people depend wah lot to feed their families and to bring money buy food to feed their families so di government have to do something about that.”

Consumer #7
“I no di work things haad and fi dehn price deh, I noh know weh wah happen to wi. Thing di buk.”

Consumer #8
“Actually in my pocket it will affect me. I will have to pay more for food and poor people will suffer again.”

Consumer #9
“Di other day di government seh di butane gone down and now sudden one dehn di announce dat dis butane gone up so we di consumers want know weh di go on wid this.”

The new prices took effect from Friday June twelfth.

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