Internationally, the prices of wheat, soybeans, corn and other foodstuffs are currently exploding. So much so that the shock wave is felt right up to our doors. The episode of the table oil case a few weeks ago is even the illustration …
A decade ago, soaring commodity prices, especially wheat, were the spark that ignited the springs in many countries. Ten years have passed and the surge in agricultural commodities is back: the year 2020 has seen the price of wheat (+ 20%), corn (+ 30%) and soybeans (+ 50%) explode and the continues exponentially in 2021.
From cause to effect, the links are indeed there and in Morocco this affects the basket of the housewife. Indeed, we see that prices tend to panic as this month of Ramadan goes by. However, price increases are closely monitored by line ministries and consumer protection associations. It has even been set up in Casablanca, a watch cell in charge of the issue because this month of patience and piety often rhymes with rising prices. Milk and derivatives, red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables… nothing escapes it.
Whether in the Casablanca, Rabat or Mohammedia axis, you just have to take a little tour of the markets to realize it. If we stick to the words of an informed citizen, who regularly goes to the market for his small family (couple, a child), ” the basket which cost 120 dirhams before Ramadan and to fill it with the same content it would now be necessary to add a good green ticket “. The surge in food prices in Morocco began a few weeks ago, with in particular this famous increase of nearly 20% in the price of edible oil.
And if we have readily attributed this increase to raw materials abroad, other products have, on the other hand, experienced the same rise, but for other reasons. This is the case for local foods including eggs, fresh vegetables, fruits, red meat, poultry and fish which, victims of their success or flavor, are in high demand during the holy month. This applies mainly to fish, which it is customary in such a period to say, that it makes wings to remain in the very Moroccan popular expression.
In order to gauge these prices, we will take as a reference this popular sardine which currently turns between 25 and 30 dirhams per kilo, whereas in normal times it costs between 12 and 15 dirhams in the three aforementioned cities. As for the so-called noble species, seafood and others, there is no photo, move around it is a minimum of 20% compared to normal. Moreover, the consumer is not fooled and it is on the web that he manifests himself by calling for a boycott and by reactivating or resuscitating the famous # let it rot.
For meat it is roughly 10 dirhams more per kilo, but it depends on the points of sale. Poultry, for its part, much less with an increase of 3 to 4 dirhams. Strangely, the dates were not affected, while the prices of the basic ingredients of Moroccan harira, namely chickpeas, lentils and tomato, respectively touch 16 and 10 dirhams for starchy foods and fluctuate between the dirham symbolic or even its double at a value of 6 or 7 dirhams. Just as much appreciated the orange which when squeezed ends up in juice goes from the single it was before Ramadan to the double currently by carrying 10 dirhams.
It is a fact that the prices of fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and others continue their exorbitant rise until the penultimate call of the muezzin brings us together in a very restrictive way around the Ramadan table.
From the producer to the wholesaler to the retailer, including intermediaries, everyone rejects the hot potato, which in the process has also increased. We will retain all the same from the small tour to feed the basket, these two replicas, that of the fishmonger of the “jotia” of Mohammedia ” I only bring back from the auction, two or three crates of fish, otherwise I will see the goods rot “And that of one of the many street vendors of fruit who make a living near mosques” i only take from the customer to give to the supplier until god have mercy on me “. In the meantime, it is the housewife’s basket and the power of “Aïcha” which take a damn hit.