We might be eating grass soon. No I am not crazy, just less work to do so I have been paying a lot more attention. Chicken has gone up by 40% on average since they banned completely the cross border transport of chicken- frozen chicken.
The argument is partly one of formaldehyde being used to preserve the chicken is killing us. While this argument is very valid, that formaldehyde chicken could actually be the difference between life and death for many people (in terms of chicken vs no chicken) – truly no pun intended. Can our local supply meet the local demand from a price standpoint? This said frozen chicken which was N700/kg is now about N1000/ KG or higher – a similar scenario is in place with tuhkey (turkey).
Now the average family that consumes 4 KGs of chicken per month have just had their chicken bill increased by N1200 at a minimum for the month. I guess one drumstick can be split into two to stretch it. If the head of household is a driver, wife is a trader – combined monthly earning of 60k, they have three kids minimum – that N1,200 is significant.
Then imagine folks who’s business was dependent on this cheaper chicken? All those mallams who sell chicken suya or chicken products? I am not buying anymore chicken suya, my money only reach beef abeg.
This chicken issue while basic is a reflection of what is wrong with our greater society. Ban imports without checking to see if local production can sustain affordable demand.
The government can argue all they want. Yes formaldehyde is embalming fluid – but many people will rather die at age 70 of a full stomach and with cancer knocking on the door than at 30 due to hunger and inability to afford food items. At least I know I would! In Nigeria, we dont have the luxury of rejecting “modified” foods, because our agriculture base is not strong enough.
Maybe the way forward is being pescetarian (seafood only)- been there and done that – perpetual hunger. Better yet we can just eat grass- afterall some South African Parishioners have done it and lived to tell about it.
Have a nice weekend. If you eat chicken this weekend- please eat it slowly and take plenty pictures because soon chicken might be a complete luxury.
Have you noticed the price hikes in chicken and turkey products? If yes please share your reaction to it.
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