In Lagos State, Southwestern Nigeria, some residents are exploring alternative sources of protein for their children and dependents due to the continuous surge in egg prices.
According to interviews conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos, residents expressed concerns over the exorbitant cost of eggs, which has rendered them unaffordable for many households.
Mrs. Chinyere Obasi, a businesswoman and mother of four, highlighted the struggle of affording eggs amidst the soaring prices. She pointed out that the cost of a medium-sized crate of eggs ranges between N3,500 and N3,800, while larger-sized crates fetch between N4,000 and N4,200. Obasi lamented the frequent fluctuations in egg prices, making it challenging for families to sustain their nutritional habits.
Similarly, Mrs. Yetunde Ishola, a hairdresser, emphasised the need for government intervention to address the persistent increase in poultry produce prices. She expressed her difficulty in purchasing eggs and shared her decision to opt for cheese as an alternative protein source for her children due to its affordability.
Echoing similar sentiments, Mrs. Promise Nwachukwu, a food seller, disclosed her decision to remove eggs from her grocery list due to their high cost. She considered options such as sausage, fish, and cheese as substitutes for eggs, particularly for her children, whose daily egg consumption has become unsustainable.
Mr. Jude Koyenha, a poultry farmer, underscored the challenges faced by farmers in mitigating the escalating egg prices. He attributed the price hikes to the soaring costs of poultry feeds, expressing concerns over the sector’s viability amidst the current economic climate.
Residents collectively urged government intervention to stabilise egg prices and support poultry farmers to prevent the collapse of the sector. They emphasised the importance of making essential food items, including eggs, accessible and affordable for all households.