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The level of food price hikes in Nigeria is scary. If my mother sees the fluted pumpkin a.k.a vegetable/ugu that I’m buying for N100 today, she would cry.
I loved vegetable yam (ji agworo agwo) growing up, still do. We rush to Eke Oko before 7am to buy ugu for such meals.
My mother will say “nne, bia ka anyi je gote ugu tupu ndi afia mgbele egokoluchaa ugu”. She always wanted us to go to early morning markets.
She preferred buying fresh vegetables from farmers than from retailers in the market. (FYI, if you don’t know, if you are in Enugu town, those farmers are out by 7am at New Market).
Ugu was N10 and the size was about 3times of what I buy 1 for N100 today.
For a family of 6 mouths, she will buy N50 ugu, come and see the freshness of the meal.
Now that I’m just a family of 1, I will need to spend N300 to have something left in the pot (you know how ugu shrinks with cooking), and then the scary price of yam.
I haven’t eaten vegetable yam this 2021 since sachet tomato went up to N140. I hear it’s about N110 now. Still I fear to buy the yam. Not new yam, ji ochie (old yam).
This food price hikes in Nigeria got me thinking of expanding my farming venture to ugu plantation. I’m just sourcing for a nearby land.