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Cost of making jollof rice increases – Reports

NESMAN, Abuja – The average cost of making Nigerian staple meal, Jollof rice, has increased, owing to the hike in food prices. This is contained in the SBM Jollof index report for Q1 2021, published by SB Morgen.

Jellof rice is a rich and incredibly tasty west African one-pot Meal. Mostly common in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, among others. It is a very versatile dish, and it is usually made from scratch using Rice, Tomatoes, Pimento peppers, Tomato paste, Scotch bonnet, Onions, Salt, and other spices.

According to SBM in it’s report, the increase was caused by the prolonged border closure, increased energy tariffs, exchange rate volatility, coronavirus pandemic, and the restrictions of forex for the importation of items, largely due to falling oil prices.

It also identified the effect of the #EndSARS protest against brutality and the response of the government, which brought the main economic states in Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to a standstill for major parts of the month of October 2020.

According to the research firm, it now costs N7,400 as at March 2021 to make a pot of jollof rice, 81 percent more than the N4,087 it cost in July 2016, for a family of five or six.

What this means is that for an average Nigerian on a minimum wage of N30,000, it will now have to sacrifice 25 percent of the salary to prepare a pot of jollof rice.

The Jollof Index tracks the costs of making a pot of Jollof rice across 13 markets in the six geopolitical zones for a family of five or six, in rural and urban family size.

The report further revealed that the most expensive places to make a pot of Jollof is Wuse and least costly at Awka.

SBM intelligence also pointed at the high exchange rate of N410/$1 to N475/$1 in the parallel market as one of the reason the price of jollof rice has continued to rise.

The ingredients strongly affected by the exchange rate the report said, included prices of tomato puree, rice, turkey, and seasoning.

“In all the states surveyed, out of a score of 50, the combined score ranged from 18-27 which shows a general decline in entitlements across the states and similar levels of severity. While Bauchi has a higher chance at getting food insecure, the other states are slightly above the borderline, showing a medium decline in their entitlement (ability to get food).”

Food inflation data for March released on Thursday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that between March 2015 and March 2021 the price of food rose by 153.06 percent.

The monthly composite food index rose from 172.8 in March 2015 to 429.7 index points in March 2021.

Year on year food inflation increased to 22.95 percent in March 2021.

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