Staple food prices soar above reach of average Nigerians

In spite of efforts by the various arms of government to drive agriculture, the burden of feeding an average family is weighing down on homes as prices of ‘everyday’ food like tomatoes, eggs and rice have hit the ceiling.

Analysts are amazed that, not even the effort of the apex bank in rice farming guaranteed availability of the staple.

John Omate, a farmer in southern Nigeria decries the action of herdsmen and bandits that have either destroyed farm produce or has out rightly kept them from the farms.

The situation is no different in northern Nigeria where rice farmers, amongst others have suffered the same fate.

Steve Omole, an economist in Lagos raised the alarm that, in spite of the ban on imported rice, it still finds its way to the country. “If not, why will the Nigerian Bureau for Statistics (NBS) have the price of imported rice in its survey.

The NBS said, selected food price watch data for May 2021 reflected that the average price of 1 dozen of Agric eggs medium size increased year-on-year by 17.10 per cent and month-on month by 2.10 per cent to N541.53 in May 2021 from N530.40 in April 2021 while the average price of piece of Agric eggs medium size (price of one) increased year-on-year by 22.41 per cent and month-on-month by 1.72 per cent to N49.99 in May 2021 from N49.14 in April 2021.