How has the hike in tomato price been treating you?
One of my relatives called me yesterday and said – “Josephine, we are cooking fried rice for the party.”
Bewildered, I asked her – “Why?” (we had earlier agreed on Jollof Rice).
She responded – “Girl! Are you not seeing how expensive tomatoes is?!”
Many individuals and families have had to make adjustments with recipes or substitute entire meals. Thank you almighty tomato!
Those in the food business are feeling the effect more than most. A few women talked with Vanguard’s Josephine Agbonkhese about how to are responding.
Mrs Olabisi Oluwatoyin Moradeyo, an outdoor caterer has decided not to even bother about it – she now tells the clients to buy their ingredients themselves.
“I simply ask my clients to buy their ingredients themselves while I just come to do the cooking.I simply don’t know any other way of coping at a time like this. How can one buy tomatoes and pepper worth over N100,000? Will any body holding a party pay for that?”
Another Local food vendor said she now uses more pepper than tomatoes in her stew and her customers complain a lot.
“Even though it’s a general problem, some customers have been very difficult. I try as much as possible to buy and add a bit of fresh tomatoes to my stew which is now essentially dried-pepper based but you still hear them complain. One of them almost fought me last week for not adding to his stew when he asked me to. I wonder for how long this is going to last. Some customers have even stopped coming due to the peppery stew I now make; they say it’s not good for their health.”
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