A survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in markets in Enugu on Saturday, showed that residents are switching from foreign rice to local rice.
At Ogbete Main Market, a 50kg bag of local de-stoned rice goes for between ₦17,000 and ₦21,000 depending on their duration.
The non de-stoned rice of 50kg goes for between ₦16,000 and ₦16,500 while its 25kg stands at ₦8,000.
A 4.5 litres painter of de-stoned rice goes for ₦2,000 while the non de-stoned local rice remained at ₦1,700 per painter.
In most major markets, the survey revealed that the price of foreign rice has increased significantly.
A 50kg of foreign rice now sold for between ₦27,000 and ₦30,000 while its 25kg goes for ₦13,000.
A rice dealer at Ogbete market, Mr. Chuks Ibe, said that the increase in price of foreign rice was due to the ban placed on the importation of foreign rice.
“Before this present government, foreign rice was in abundance but usually costly only during festive period.
“Because of the ban and the price increase, many people have started going for local rice,” Ibe said.
Mr Julius Uzoh, a rice seller at New Market, also attributed the increase patronage of local rice to its availability in the state.
According to Uzoh, the Adani Rice in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area had flooded markets in the state and beyond leading to reduction in prices of the product.
Mrs Lara Egbuna, a resident of Achara Layout, said that because of the high cost of foreign rice, she had switched to local rice, saying that the local rice was more affordable and nutritious.