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Recession woes: Rice consumption drops

Nigerians seem to enjoy eating rice. Despite the sudden increment in its price (to over N18,000 for a 50kg bag) most families still cook it up to four times a week.

However, some have reduced the quantity they cook to avoid wastage.

ENCOMIUM Weekly sampled opinion of housewives to find out if they are still eating rice…

 

MRS. ALICE JOHNSON

I don’t think people are shunning rice. What else would they eat if they shun it. We have not stopped eating rice in my house. I just don’t cook it as often as I used to again. We used to eat it five times a week before, it is now three times a week.

 

MRS. ESTHER OLUWAFUNKE

We are still eating rice as usual. I don’t think anything can substitute it. Yam is still expensive and spaghetti is not something they really love to eat in my house. I thank God that I still have rice at home. I have not bought from the expensive ones.

 

MISS. AJIBADE

Yes, it is true. People no longer eat rice as much as they used to. It is now too expensive. People opt for spaghetti and Indomie noodles.

 

MRS. SERIFAT AHMED

We have not reduced the intake of rice in my house. I still cook rice for the children as we do before. It is just that I don’ allow wastage again. I have reduced the quantity I buy and cook.

 

MRS. SUBERU OPE

We have not reduced the number of times we eat rice. I just make sure they don’t waste it. No leftover anytime I cook it.

 

MRS. BUKOLA MENSAH

We still consume rice like before but I don’t allow my children to waste it any longer.

 

MRS. SHONIBARE

I just reduced the quantity I cook and the quantity I buy. Since it has become too expensive, I just buy two derica and we can cook it two times.

 

MRS. OBAFEMI FELICIA

I don’t think people have reduced the consumption of rice. People still eat rice, though food vendors have reduced the quantity they dish out.

 

MRS. AKINSANYA

I still eat rice like before not minding the increment in the price. My children love it so much that I am just can’t do without cooking it. At least, I cook rice four times in a week because of them.

 

MRS. JUDITH EMMANUEL

People have not stopped eating rice. If they do, what else would they eat. I have not shunned rice, I just don’t cook much like I used to. Usually I cook two derica for the family, but now I cook one and a half derica. That’s how we’ve been managing.

 

MRS. ADEOLA MUKILA

We can’t shun rice in Lagos. If we do, what other food are we going to eat. Other foodstuff cannot be satisfactory as rice because if you parboil rice, it will be enough to satisfy you. My family cannot stop eating rice.

 

MRS. TIABAT SULIAMON

We have not reduced the rate at which we eat rice. The quantity I cook has reduced. We don’t waste food anymore, no more leftovers.

 

MRS. FATHIA AREMU

We still eat rice. You know rice is the only popular food in Nigeria. So, if not rice, there is nothing else to eat. So, I still eat rice a lot. I have not reduced the rate I consume rice.

 

MRS. EDITH OHIA

Not that I have shunned rice, I only reduced the quantity I consume. I buy the cheapest range of rice all because of how the economy is but most times I have to add bans or spaghetti to it so that the children will not complain.

 

MRS. UZOMA CHIKEZIE

I don’t think people have shunned rice because people I know they still eat rice very well. We cannot do without eating rice in my house.

 

MRS. SHUKURAT ODUNLAJA

I have not shunned rice. If I stop eating rice, what will my family eat. We cannot eat spaghetti because it is expensive. Rice has increased, as it is with some other foodstuff too. Food items have increased due to dollar but that doesn’t mean I will stop eating rice. We have to keep managing like others.

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