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Inflation: Food Prices Skyrocket As Bag Of Beans Hits N100,000

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Nigerians have been hard hit with a further increase in the prices of food items as more individuals are being afflicted by hunger and malnutrition.

On a monthly basis, prices of food items appear to be rising in major cities in Nigeria. For example, the prices of beans have gone up over the last one month compared to previous months.

A bag of beans sold at N30,000 in early September now costs between N50,000 and N100,000 in early October.

A market survey shows that the price of a full bag of honey beans (Oloyin), ranges from N88,000 to N100,000, while the plastic rubber cost between N3,500 and N5,500. Another beans variety, ‘drum’, cost between N80,000 and N95,000, while the plastic rubber cost N3,000 or N3,500. Also, a full bag of white beans costs between N50,000 and N60,000, while the plastic rubber price could be N2,500 or N3,000.

The prices of other staple foods such as rice, yam, egg, garri, groundnut, and maize are also on the rise. Groundnut oil cost N27,000 for 50kg and N5,400 for 5kg. A bag of rice cost N30,000 and N4000 for a plastic rubber. A bag of garri was priced at N16,000.

In August, food inflation rose to 21.03 percent due to the hike in local food items. The inflation growth and depreciation of the naira against the dollar have put pressure on the prices of commodities consumed by Nigerians, with prices of foods constantly changing, Peoples Gazette reports.

Also, the worsening insecurity especially in the North is considered by many as the driver of the food crisis, as many farmers flee from their farms out of fear for their lives as bandits, Boko Haram, and other criminals go on the rampage.

The current realities are forcing many households further down the depth of hunger and malnutrition.

Nigeria’s national minimum wage is N30,000 per month, mainly applicable to civil servants (both federal and state). However, many state governments have failed to pay the new minimum wage citing poor finances. The private sector pays as low as N10,000.

Over 40 percent of the Nigerian population lives in poverty.

On October 1, Independence Day, President Muhammadu Buhari accused middlemen of buying and hoarding foodstuffs.

Last week, the House of Representatives set up a special committee to investigate the hike in food prices and other commodities, just as Mr. Buhari directed the agriculture ministry to address the issue.

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